Aviation

Senior pilot flying without liquor check, says pilot union

DELHI: A section of Air India pilots have alleged that one of the senior most pilots in the airline has allegedly operated flights by ‘evading’ the mandatory pre-flight breath analyser (BA) test.

The the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA, union of erstwhile Indian Airlines’ pilots) has sought a probe by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) into this allegation, reports The Times of India.

“It has been brought to our notice that one of the executive director who’s a pilot has been evading pre-flight medical (PFM), endangering safety of innocent flying passengers and crew members…. Kindly investigate this gross violation by procuring the PFM record and all CTV footages in despatch and PFM room at Delhi for the fortnight and take necessary action as deemed fit… Action has been taken against pilot who had genuinely forgotten to do post flight breath analyser test and more stringent action should be taken against the individual for trying to cover up,” Captain T Praveen Keerthi, ICPA general secretary wrote to DGCA chief B S Bhullar on Monday.

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