Qantas Pilot Suspended Just Before Flight for Exceeding Alcohol Limit

Qantas Boeing 767

QA Boeing 767

Qantas Airways has suspended one of their pilots last Monday for violating the country’s alcohol limit for safe flying.

The female pilot reportedly exceeded the blood alcohol limit for flying of 0.02 percent. The legal limit for driving in Australia is 0.05 percent.  Her actual blood alcohol was not released.

The Australian Associated Press reported that the pilot was detected to be under the influence as she was about to fly a Qantas Boeing 767-300 from Sydney to Brisbane.

Qantas has not released her name.

Source: CBS News

Image: Flickr [Simon sees]

Comments

  1. Chris says

    .02 is the limit? How about 0.0!!?? I’m sorry, but pilots should know better. No sympathy from me on this one.

  2. says

    Agreed Chris. If I’d shown up to work in my previous profession (Army helicopter mechanic) anything less than sober as a priest and well rested, I’d be sitting in a cell for a while. Sounds appropriate for putting over a hundred people’s lives in jeopardy.

    • Chris says

      Exactly!! Does anyone know what happens to pilots who get caught like this one did? Do they just get suspended and re-hired or do they get their licenses removed permanently? I think it should be the latter!

      I’m usually on the side of the pilots, but in a case like this, i have a zero tolerance policy. There’s no excuse whatsoever that i can think of, not when it comes to so many people’s lives. It seems like a simple thing to avoid, no? Just don’t drink before you are scheduled to fly!

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