SpiceJet pilot fails alcohol test, flying permit cancelled

Rule 24 of Aircraft Rules prohibits crew members from taking any alcoholic drink 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight and it is mandatory for him or her to undergo an alcohol test both before and after operating a flight.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 5, 2017 12:00 pm
Any crew member who tests positive in the pre-flight medical check or refuses to take a breath-analyser test is to be taken off flying duty for at least four weeks and the airline is required to initiate disciplinary proceedings. (Representational Image)

Aviation regulator DGCA has cancelled the flying licence of a senior pilot of private carrier SpiceJet allegedly due to his repeated failure to clear the mandatory alcohol test. The flying permit of one of the SpiceJet Boeing 737 commanders has been cancelled as he tested positive thrice in breath analyser tests, a senior DGCA official said tonight.

“The commander of the SpiceJet flight SG 114 was detected BA positive for the third time on July 11, resulting in the cancellation of his Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL),” the official said. SpiceJet spokesperson was not available for comments.

Rule 24 of Aircraft Rules prohibits crew members from taking any alcoholic drink 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight and it is mandatory for him or her to undergo an alcohol test both before and after operating a flight.

Any crew member who tests positive in the pre-flight medical check or refuses to take a breath-analyser test is to be taken off flying duty for at least four weeks and the airline is required to initiate disciplinary proceedings.

While action against crew found high for the first time on work remains licence suspension for three months, that for subsequent offences have been watered down. Current rules say a pilot licence will be cancelled in case of a third violation.

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    Sumit
    Aug 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm
    As a frequent flyer I advice the other Indians not to choose this airliner to travel anywhere out of this country. This flyer will abandon you when u are in another country without caring anything with the ulterior motive of saving fuel and making profit. I had a bitter experience with this airliner when my son and another friend went to a neighbouring country. We enjoyed 5 days holiday spending every penny and reached airport 50 minutes before departure. Spice jet staff denied us to issue any boarding pass saying we late by 10 minutes. We explained and even showed our wallets that no money is left to stay for an hour if we miss that flight. OMG..mindless creatures..flight left airport after 65 minutes leaving us in the airport. Same day another flight to another Indian city by same Spice jet.Many vacant seats were there. There also they denied. OMG..its a day time nightmare. Pls avoid to select this flier. They will not serve u even single black T and a biscuit while flying.
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      seshadri
      Aug 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm
      MR SUMMIT THAT IS WHY OUR NATIONAL CARRIER AIR INDIA IS THOUSAND TIME BETTER AND GIVES GOOD SERVICE NOW YOU UNDERSTOOD
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