9 pilots, 32 from crew suspended over alcohol checks: List of airlines | Latest News India

Two pilots and two cabin crew members have been suspended for 3 years for failing their pre-flight alcohol checks between January 1 and April 30, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated on Tuesday. They have been amongst 9 pilots and 32 crew members who failed the checks throughout this era, the DGCA added.

According to the DGCA, 4 pilots and 10 cabin crew members of IndiGo, one pilot and 5 cabin crew members of Go First, one pilot and 6 cabin crew members of SpiceJet, one pilot of Air India Express and 4 cabin crew members of AirAsia India failed the pre-flight alcohol checks.

Here’s the total record:

Airline-wise breath analyzer test data from January 1 to April 30, 2022.
Airline-wise breath analyzer check information from January 1 to April 30, 2022.

“During the period of four months commencing from 1st January 2022, the DGCA has carried out 48 enforcements actions for the violations of the various requirements of the Regulation regarding testing of crew for the consumption of the alcohol,” the aviation regulator stated in an announcement.

“Of these, two pilots and two cabin-crew members have been suspended for a period of three years for being positive for the second time,” the DGCA added.

The remaining seven pilots and 30 cabin-crew members examined BA optimistic for the primary time, it added, and have been suspended for 3 months.

In April, the DGCA had restrained 90 pilots of SpiceJet airline from working Boeing 737 Max plane on discovering them not correctly skilled.

The aviation regulator had asserted that airlines should be sure that 50 per cent of their cockpit and cabin-crew members are subjected to pre-flight alcohol checks every day.

Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, all crew members have been required to endure pre-flight alcohol checks. When the pandemic struck, the checks have been suspended for a pair of months. Subsequently, the checks have been resumed however for less than a small proportion of crew members.

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