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Published on : Monday, May 18, 2015
What came as another embarrassment for the airline industry of India, the commander of a Delhi-bound Air India flight from Sharjah was found drunk by airport security just prior to flying. The incident forced the Indian flag carrier to replace the senior pilot at the last minute.
According to the latest reports, Air India said that it is conducting an inquiry into the incident and apt measures will be taken against the pilot if found guilty.
According to the sources, the pilot was found under the impression of alcohol when he was going through a security check point. The security officials informed the incident to the airline resulting in change of duty.
The pilot was detained during the test and after the results came positive, he was told he will not be allowed to fly and they also informed us to provide a substitute. After that he was let off with a warning. It did not become a police case, there was no FIR registered.
As per the rules by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in India, pilots will be kept off flying duty and would have their licence suspended for three months if caught drunk for the first time at work.