Tuesday, August 11, 2020

108 pilots failed breath analyser test in last two years

In the year 2019, the number of pilots in India who have failed the Breath Analyser (BA) test stood at 54. The figure was the same in 2018 as well. A breath analyser test checks the alcohol content in the blood. The medical officers conduct the test for the flight crew at the airport prior to the flight and after it.

Following are the details that have come to light through an RTI reply.

The RTI said that actions were taken in accordance with regulation. Speaking to India Today TV, RTI activist Rajesh Modi said that he was shocked seeing the RTI reply about the number of pilots found failing the breath analyser test before and after their flight.

"I was shaken. In our country as per motor vehicle act 1949, drink and drive is a criminal offence because genesis behind it is that a person driving a vehicle under influence of alcohol is a potential threat and can cause accident causing harm to the lives of others. Now, an aircraft is the most complicated/ high speed/ high cost machine which pilots fly. So, it is scary for the passengers to learn about alcohol consumption among pilots. Failing BA test and that too in few of the cases repeatedly is horrific."
11/08/20 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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