39 Found To Have Been Drinking Before Flight Last Year
39 pilots and co-pilots in India
tested positive for alcohol in pre-flight breathalizer screening
last year, according to India's Civil Aviation Authority.
"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," said Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel
said in a written statement Tuesday.
The Indian news service PTI reports that the flight crew members
had been disciplined in accordance with that country's civil
aviation regulations. The rules require that pilots who do not pass
the breathalizer test before flight should be grounded for at least
Employers may also impose disciplinary action in such cases. The
standard in India is 12 hours between alcohol consumption and