Flying Under the Influence (FUI): 56 Airline Pilots Fail Alcohol Tests in India

Posted Mar 14th 2011 12:00 PMUpdated Mar 14th 2011 04:33 PM

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Fifty-six pilots who work for Indian airlines, including Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and Kingfisher, have failed alcohol tests over the last two years, according to The Age.

Ten pilots were fired following the test results, while 23 pilots from JetAirways were either suspended or faced a pay cut.

This has not been a good few weeks for Indian airlines: On March 9th, investigators for India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation found two pilots had forged their qualifying papers for a pilots license.

On Monday the Indian airline industry was hit by news that the licenses of 4,000 pilots across India were to be checked following several incidents like fake pilots found flying airlines with invalid licenses.

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Malcolm Warren

Drinking laws for pilots vary from country to country and India has a stricter requirement than most. If this was applied in the USA we would have even more pilots suspended. If you operate internationally you can subjected to the local laws of the country you are in so it is important to know what they are. Ignorance is no defense.

March 15 2011 at 3:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tom

This is why they are seeing "Strange Things"

March 15 2011 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
capwhan

It figures this happened in India. And you think this is bad? I rode their trains many times and when they would stop you could see them taking a swill of whatever. Most likely bath tub gin.

March 14 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mark

How dare you idiots endanger the lives of your passengers. If you can't handle the job get the hell out before you kill a lot of people including yourselves. Flying is risky enough without having to worry if the pilots are shit faced or high, come on grow up & take responsibility for your actions, be a man or a woman whichever applies you know step up to the plate. instead of boohooin in your weaknesses. You do not have the right to be plastered or whatever when there are many lives at stake there is absolutely no excuse. You owe it to your passengers to do everything possible to ensure them a safe trip starting with your sobriety. It's a well know fact how stressful being a pilot is, but you have to be able to deal with it not make matters worse by hiding behind booze or drugs. Get help or get out before it's to late. If you don't care about your own life sad but fine don't take innocent people with you.

March 14 2011 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AMorris

I believe it is happening more than we know.

March 14 2011 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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