NEW DELHI : The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday, May 10, informed that they had suspended nine pilots and thirty two cabin crew for failing their pre-flight breath analyser (BA) test. “Out of these, two pilots and two cabin crew have been suspended for a three years for testing positive second time. The remaining 37 crew members were suspended for three months for testing BA positive first time,” the DGCA said in a statement.
“During the period of four months commencing from 1st January 2022, DGCA has carried out 48 enforcements actions for the violations of the various requirements of the Regulation regarding testing of the crew for the consumption of the alcohol. During this period nine Pilots and thirty-two cabin crew were found BA positive,” stated the DGCA.
DGCA Arun Kumar said, “The remaining thirty-seven crew members were suspended for a period of three months for being tested BA positive for the first time. Other enforcement actions were related to missing BA test or not furnishing the declaration.”
In April, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) restrained 90 pilots of SpiceJet airline from operating Boeing 737 Max aircraft after finding they were not properly trained.