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Mallya`s Kingfisher has most cases of drunk pilots

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 18:35

New Delhi: Vijay Mallya-promoted Kingfisher Airlines has the dubious distinction of having the maximum cases of pilots found under the influence of alcohol before take-off.
A number of airlines including Naresh Goyal`s Jet
were cited where pilots were reported to be under the
influence of alcohol in the past one year, the government
informed the Rajya Sabha.

Incidentally, Mallya had named his airline after the most
popular beer brand in his brewery business.

"Eight pilots of Kingfisher Airlines, six each of
Indigo and SpiceJet and three each of Jetlite, Jet Airways and
Paramount were detected alco-positive during pre-flight
medical examination," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel
said in a written reply.

He was responding to a query on incidents of drunk
pilots of private airlines during the last one year.

"Any pilot found to be alco-positive is immediately
grounded for a period of up to six weeks," Patel said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 18:35

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