- A Section of Pilots Complained that a Senior Executive Pilot Evaded Pre-Flight Medical Test at Delhi Airport.
- The Mandatory Pre-Flight Breath Analyzer Tests are meant to Ensure that only Perfectly Sober Pilots Fly Planes.
NEW DELHI: Air India has set up a panel to examine a complaint from a section of its pilots that one of the airline’s senior most pilots flew by allegedly evading the mandatory pre-flight breath analyzer (BA) tests. These tests are meant to ensure that only perfectly sober pilots fly planes.
“We have received intimation that a senior executive Pilot has evaded pre-flight medical test in last 15 days at Delhi Airport. This information has already been submitted to DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and therefore it is required that this is investigated at the earliest … a committee of flight safety department officials is hereby constituted at Delhi to carry out investigation into the subject and submit report as soon as possible,” says an order issued by Harpreet A De Sing, AI chief of flight safety department, on Monday.
The action came after the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA, union of erstwhile Indian Airlines’ pilots) had sought a probe by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) into this allegation.
“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 dispatch & 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 analyzer 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.