Drugs & Booze In South Asia Aviation

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At least a dozen PK staff have been busted after 6 kg of heroin - with a street value of around $1 million - was discovered in the lavatory of a DXB bound aircraft.

Members of the military backed Anti-Narcotics Force raided the flight from LHE to DXB after a tip-off, airline spokesman Danyal Gilani said.

Around a dozen PK employees were detained and are being interrogated in connection with the heroin seizure. If proven guilty, they will face action with respect to their jobs, in addition to the legal consequences.

Smuggling of contraband has been a problem at PK for some time, with seizures involving mobile phones, cigarettes and illegal passports. The flag carrier dismissed 5 employees last year after they were held in the U.K. over an attempt to smuggle large amounts of foreign currency.

Meanwhile in India, the country’s civil aviation regulator suspended 62 pilots during the past 6 months for a variety of safety violations.

While the Director General of Civil Aviation declined to give details on specifics, sources say about 45% were for failed alcohol breathalyzer tests, according to the Hindustan Times, which gained access to the data under a right to information request.

Total number of suspensions is up 30% compared to a year ago – so, I guess it’s a good sign that at least more perps are being caught due to stricter safety protocols.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had downgraded India's safety rating in 2014. 

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