Published On : Fri, Aug 12th, 2016

2 AI, Jet pilots caught drunk after flight suspended for four years

A newly acquired Jet Airways Boeing 777-300ER aircraft sits on the tarmac at Mumbai airport
New Delhi/Nagpur:
Two pilots of Air India and Jet Airways have been suspended for four years by DGCA after they were found drunk on arrival of their overseas flights. The aviation ministry directs that an FIR be filed against the suspended pilots. Jet Airways says it has terminated services of the cockpit crew member who tested positive during a breath analyser test conducted on Aug 3.

Both the pilots had tested positive for alcohol earlier too, but always before a flight.

Jet Airways said in a statement that the airline has “zero tolerance” towards any action of its crew that violates safety rules and service conditions.

“In case of non-compliance, we take disciplinary action after due investigation as per company policy,” said the airline. Jet Airways also said while other countries have random alcohol testing policy, the regulations of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in India call for 100 per cent screening for the crew before every flight.