Two pilots from Air India and Jet Airways were on Thursday suspended after they were found drunk on the arrival of their international flights in India. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has now asked the respective airlines to file an FIR against them. Sources said a cabin crew member of Air India has also been slapped with one-year suspension, while the pilots’ services have been deferred four the next four years. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation tweeted about the same.
While Jet Airways spokesperson said the airline has terminated the services of the pilot concerned, no such response has been received from Air India. On August 10, the pilot of Air India’s Sharjah-Calicut flight tested positive for alcohol during a regular post-flight examination, while the Jet Airways’ pilot of Abu Dhabi-Chennai flight tested positive on August 3.
Licence of both pilots of AI and Jet found +ve on alcohol test suspended for 4 yrs. Directions issued to lodge FIR. Imprisonment upto 1 yr
— Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) August 12, 2016
“In case of non-compliance, we take disciplinary action after due investigation as per company policy,” said Jet Airways. It also added that while other countries have a random alcohol testing policy, DGCA has a rule wherein 100% screening for crew of Indian carriers before departure and after arrival of every flight. Till July 2016, 26 cases of pilots being tested positive for alcohol have been registered, while the number was 43 in 2015.