Is It ‘3 Strikes, You’re Out’ For Drunken AI Pilot?
don’t like to see anyone lose their job, but in this case perhaps ‘3 strikes
you’re out’ is a very good idea.
senior AI pilot has been suspended after he allegedly showed up “reeking of
liquor” before a flight from Sharjah, to Delhi. But get this: the
suspension marked the 3rd time that this particular pilot has
failed a breath test before one of his scheduled flights.
Air India spokesperson told the Hindustan Times:
“The captain was not fit to fly. We arranged another pilot to operate the
Sharajah-Cochin-Delhi flight. The pilot has been detained for questioning. He
was smelling of liquor. An inquiry is on.”
last summer, pilots in India would lose their licenses if they came to work
drunk (a policy the vast majority of pax could get behind), but in a rather
stunning move, the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation changed its
regulations; under the new rules, a pilot will not face a 5 yr. suspension
until he is caught drinking 3 times.
of India points out, those regulation changes occurred after the U.S.
Federal Aviation Authority had already downgraded India to a Category 2
rating in its International Aviation Safety Assessment due to “flaws in India’s
source told the Times of India that this pilot’s habit of pre-flight boozing
might have finally cost him his career.
his previous offenses, the unnamed pilot had recently been nominated to become
an instructor, Air India’s most senior position for pilots.
pilot definitely has some drinking buddies at AI: according to a Times Of India
investigation, 165 pilots came to work drunk between 2009 and the first part of
2014. The country’s aviation regulations say that pilots or flight crew cannot
drink for 12 hr. before a scheduled flight.