New Delhi: Twenty pilots belonging to
different commercial airlines were found to be `alcohol positive` in pre-flight tests between June last year and February this year, the government said Wednesday.
"20 pilots have tested alcohol positive during pre-flight medical examination for the consumption of alcohol
while on duty from June 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012," Civil
Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said in a written reply in the
In the details provided by Singh, 19 of these 20 pilots
have been kept off flying duty for a period of 3 months.
In one instance in January this year when the pilot had
been tested positive for a second time, his licence was
cancelled for a period of 5 years, Singh said.
Singh told the House that rules required airlines to
conduct the tests before all domestic flights and every 15
days at foreign airports.