Taking a tough stand against Air India operations head Capt A K Kathpalia for not complying to the mandatory pre-flight medical test, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Wednesday suspended his licence.

Capt A K Kathpalia was repeatedly evading taking the breath analyser (BA) test, before or after the flight on January 19. This led the DGCA to suspend him for 3 months.

The BA test is done to ensure that the pilots are not drunk before the flight.

DGCA Joint Director Lalit Gupta said in a statement said that the suspension “shall be endorsed on his licence”. “The privileges of the pilot licence held by Captain A K Kathpalia ATPL No.1330” is being suspended for three months, said the order.

Capt Kathpalia’s suspension is effective from February 7, the same day when Kathpalia was taken off from flying duties by Air India.

The airline is said to have initiated a probe into the allegations against Capt Kathpalia.

DGCA acted on the complaint they received from the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) against Kathpalia for failing to take the pre-flight medical test on several occasions.

First Published | 16 February 2017 9:37 AM
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