Air India Pilot Fails Breathalyzer Test After Trying to Fly Airbus A320 Jet
An Air India pilot dodged a required breathalyzer test and was trying to get takeoff clearance for his passenger flight to Jammu, India when he was caught last Tuesday, according to a report by the Times of India.
Air India Flight 821 was scheduled to fly from Delhi to Jammu, India on Tuesday morning when the pilot of the flight was suspected of being drunk and was subsequently removed from the plane.
India’s authority body, the DGCA, said the unnamed pilot took his pre-flight medical check (PFMC), but was able to somehow avoid the required breathalyzer test…and he proceeded to the aircraft.
Shortly after, the ATC was alerted to the situation and the pilot was removed from the cockpit of the Airbus A320.
“…the pilot sought clearance from the ATC to operate the flight. By then flight operations had asked ATC not to clear the flight because of the pilot running away from BA test. [He] was refused takeoff clearance and summoned from the cockpit to the PFMC area. He was subjected to the tests twice and failed both times,” said a source.
The pilot has been grounded for endangering the lives of passengers as well as operating an aircraft while intoxicated.
An investigation is underway.