39 pilots found alco-positive before flight

As many as 39 pilots or co-pilots were found alco-positive during the pre-flight breath-analyzer test last year, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told the Rajya Sabha today.

Last Updated: May 05, 2010, 00:14 AM IST

New Delhi: As many as 39 pilots or co-pilots
were found alco-positive during the pre-flight breath-analyzer
test last year, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told the
Rajya Sabha today.

"39 cases have been reported to the Directorate General
of Civil Aviation (DGCA) from January 2009 to December 2009,
where pilots or co-pilots were found to have consumed alcohol
during pre-flight breath-analyzer test," Patel said in a
written reply.

He said action was taken against them as per the Civil
Aviation Requirement (CAR), section 5, series F, Part 3, which
says that any crew member found alco-positive during
pre-flight breath-analyzer test should be kept off flying duty
for at least four weeks.

And the employer company initiates disciplinary
proceedings against him. Pilots are supposed not to consume
alcohol about 12 hours prior to their flights.

Patel also informed the House that last year there were
15 incidents of air proximity in the country, which was almost
half of those which happened in 2008. In 2008, there were 28
cases, while 27 were reported in 2007.

The Civil Aviation Minister, while replying to another
question said Air India had spent Rs 1683.46 lakhs for its 13
overseas offices, where the national carrier does not flies.

He said commercial viability of all such offices was in
the process of review and appropriate action was being taken
to close all offices in cities where alternative arrangements
could be made to ensure revenue generation.

PTI