Flying permit of SpiceJet pilot cancelled after failing alcohol test
Breather analyser tests are conducted randomly by DGCA at airports to check whether pilots are drunk before flying.Updated: Aug 05, 2017, 06:45 IST
The licence of a Spicejet pilot was suspended by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) after he failed the breath analyser test for the third time.
Breath analyser tests are conducted randomly by DGCA at airports to check whether pilots are drunk before flying.
“Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) of a Spicejet commander, who detected BA positive for the third time, has been cancelled by DGCA,” said an official.
The pilot used to fly a Boeing 737 and it was on July 11, when he was caught the last time at the Delhi airport.
Spicejet’s comment is awaited.
Rule 24 of Aircraft Rules prohibits crew members from taking any alcoholic drink 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight and it is mandatory for him or her to undergo an alcohol test both before and after operating a flight.
Any crew member who tests positive in the pre-flight medical check or refuses to take a breath-analyser test is to be taken off flying duty for at least four weeks and the airline is required to initiate disciplinary proceedings.
While action against crew found high for the first time on work remains licence suspension for three months, that for subsequent offences have been watered down. Current rules say a pilot licence will be cancelled in case of a third violation.
(With agency inputs)