In the past two and a half years, a total of 60 pilots and 150 members of the cabin crew tested positive after undergoing a breathalyzer (BA) test.
About Pilots and Cabin crew Breathalyser Test
To make sure that the safety of pilots and cabin staff is not jeopardized by their drinking, breathalyser tests are carried out.
As required by Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) Section-5, Series-F, Part-III, no licenses have been terminated between January 1, 2020, and June 30, 2022.
However, 210 pilots and crew members have all been placed on administrative leave.
The compliance of the airlines with the rules and requirements of civil aviation is being monitored by a systematic safety oversight mechanism, according to a Thursday response to the Parliament.
The Annual Surveillance Plan (ASP) of the DGCA involves,
- regulatory audits,
- spot checks, and
- surveillance as part of this ongoing process.
The operator in question is contacted to ensure compliance with the findings of safety monitoring activities, and only after proper verification observations will be closed.
During the upcoming audit and surveillance, the operator’s action is checked for compliance.
If any infractions or noncompliance with regulations are found during audit and surveillance, the DGCA will take enforcement action, which may include imposing a financial penalty.
“Airlines are required to make sure that 50% of their cockpit and cabin crew members undergo daily preflight alcohol tests“according to DGCA norms
Alcohol present in the body even in small quantities jeopardizes flight safety on multiple counts.
It is likely to negatively influence an aviator well into the hangover period.
According to DGCA advice, even 12 hours after a bout of drinking when blood alcohol level remained zero.
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