Jet Airways, Air India pilots suspended for flying drunk
Two pilots of Jet Airways and Air India were suspended on Thursday after they were found drunk on arrival of their overseas flights in India.india Updated: Aug 11, 2016 21:44 IST
Two pilots of Jet Airways and Air India were suspended on Thursday after they were found drunk on arrival of their overseas flights in India.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked the respective airlines to file police complaints against them.
HT had first reported on Thursday that an Air India pilot and one from a pilot airline had failed the post flight medical test for alcohol.
A Jet Airways spokesperson confirmed that the airline had sacked the pilot. Both pilots were repeat offenders.
The two pilots have been suspended for four years while a cabin crew of Air India has been suspended for one year after failing the post flight medical check.
On August 10, the pilot of Air India’s Sharjah-Kozhikode flight tested positive for alcohol during post flight examination, while the pilot of Jet Airways’ Abu Dhabi-Chennai flight was found drunk on August 3.
Till July this year, there have 26 cases of pilots having tested positive for alcohol during preflight medical tests. In 2015, there were 43 such cases.