Aviation regulatory body Directorate General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA) on Sunday suspended the flying license of Air India Director of Operations Arvind Kathpalia after he failed alcohol test.
On Sunday, Air India grounded Kathpalia after he failed to clear pre-flight alcohol test.
In the case of Kathpalia being detected 'BA positive' on November 11, the privileges of his licence have been suspended for a period of three years as per the provisions of applicable regulations, the official said.
The suspension is effective from November 11.
Rule 24 of the Aircraft Rules prohibits crew members from partaking any alcoholic drink 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight, and it is mandatory for him/her to undergo an alcohol test both before and after operating a flight.
The prescribed punishment for such offences under the DGCA rules is a suspension of flying licence for three months in case of the first breach.
For violating the norms for the second time, the licence is suspended for three years and for a third time, the licence is permanently cancelled.
Earlier, chief of operations Kathpalia's flying licence was suspended in 2017 for three months by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for allegedly skipping the breath analyser test before a flight. He was subsequently removed from the post of executive director, operations.
Over 150 pilots belonging to different airlines in India were caught drunk on duty in the past four years, putting the lives of thousands of airline passengers in danger. This information was revealed in an RTI reply to The Sunday Guardian by the DGCA, the aviation watchdog.
(With inputs from PTI)