New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended two pilots from Air India and Jet Airways for four years.
The DGCA suspended the pilots for four years after they were tested positive for alcohol on arrival of their overseas flight to India. The DGCA further directed the reputed airlines to register FIR's against the pilots.
As per sources, an Air India crew member has also been slapped with a one-year suspension after traces of alcohol was found during the post-flight checks. The DGCA also directed the chiefs of Jet Airways and Air India to register FIRs against the two pilots considering the seriousness of the violations. This is possibly the first time that pilots have been tested positive for alcohol during tests conducted soon after operating a flight. As normal practice, pre-flight checks are conducted on pilots. However, the two pilots had earlier also tested positive for alcohol during the pre-flight examinations.
On August 10, the pilot of Air India's Sharjah-Calicut flight tested positive for alcohol during a post-flight examination, while the pilot of Jet Airways' Abu Dhabi-Chennai flight was found to be drunk on August 3.
Speaking on the matter, the Jet Airways spokesperson said the airline has terminated the services of the pilot concerned. The airline also confirmed that they have also terminated the services of the cockpit crew member who had tested positive during a breath analyser test conducted on August 3, 2016.
Meanwhile, there were no immediate responses to queries sent to Air India.