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Old 11th Nov 2018, 18:33
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Air India Ops Director Blows Positive Again Before Flight to LHR

He was about to operate a B-788 DEL-LHR.



Air India Operations Director Stopped From Piloting Flight After Failing Breath Tests

Nov. 11, 2018, at 1:42 p.m.
Air India Operations Director Stopped From Piloting Flight After Failing Breath Tests

By Promit Mukherjee

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A senior pilot who is also director of operations for Air India, and has had responsibility for flight safety and training, said he was told by the carrier he failed two breathalyzer tests on Sunday before a flight to London from New Delhi.

It is the second time Arvind Kathpalia, who is also on the loss-making airline's board, has been in trouble over alcohol tests. He was suspended for three months in 2017 for allegedly refusing to take breathalyzer tests.

Kathpalia told Reuters in an interview by phone that he would contest the results and claimed they were related to internal feuding within the state-owned company.

According to a description for the operation director's job when Kathpalia got appointed in June 2017, he is responsible for flight operations, ground operations, and flight safety and training operations.

It is unclear if those remain the job specifications.

Air India declined to comment for this article.

Kathpalia failed two breathalyzer tests on Sunday and was declared unfit to fly, according to a pre-flight medical examination report for alcohol, posted on the website of news portal India Today.

Kathpalia, who denies he had been drinking, corroborated the results of the breathalyzer and said he was tested twice in a span of 20 minutes, adding that the second test's reading was higher than the first.

"It was 1:30 in the afternoon, only a bloody stark raving alcoholic is bloody drunk at 1:30 in the afternoon," Kathpalia said. "I am going to contest this."

He said that at Air India "everyone is fighting with everyone," and that he has been targeted.

In 2017, Kathpalia was suspended for three months when he had allegedly refused to take breathalyzer tests before and after his flight between Bengaluru and New Delhi and back in January 2017, according to a court document available on law portal Indiakanoon.



https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-11-11/air-india-operations-director-stopped-from-piloting-flight-after-failing-breath-tests

Documentation of the latest breath tests from NDTV.com :




https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/senior-air-india-pilot-found-drunk-another-skips-test-both-grounded-1945707
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Old 12th Nov 2018, 02:39
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Air India Director Flight Ops fails breathalyser

Air India Director (Ops) failed breathalyser an hour before he was scheduled to operate AI 111 DHI - LHR. He is also a member of the Board of Air India.Incredible India. As they say here.
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Old 12th Nov 2018, 06:56
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Yup, you could not make this up.
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Old 12th Nov 2018, 12:57
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You might say "I'll never fly Air India", but tell me an airline that hasn't had a similar incident in the last 10 years.
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Old 12th Nov 2018, 13:08
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Quick google search reveals this is not his first time yet he got promoted into this position.

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Old 12th Nov 2018, 22:51
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From the previous time in 2017; refused a breath test and suspended for three months...seriously?
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 02:28
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From the article:-

While drunk driving is a criminal offence in India under the Motor Vehicles Act, reporting for flying duty with alcohol in blood isn’t a criminal offence under the Indian Aircraft Act.

Glad they've got their priorities straight there.
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 03:02
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It's mind boggling what this airline, or for the matter of fact, the country could allow an outright cheater (In tempering his medical records) and with wilful violation (skipping an alcohol test) to become the Director of Flight Ops with the flag carrier.

Someone has lots of explaining to do.
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Not a big deal in India perhaps but the DGCA has pulled his license for three years this time (it was three months for the failed by refusal alcohol test earlier in the year):

Air India pilot found drunk before takeoff suspended for 3 years

Rule 24 of the Aircraft Rules prohibits crew members from consuming any alcoholic drink 12 hours before the start of a flight.

UPDATED: November 12, 2018 13:44 IST

In the case of Air India pilot Capt. Arvind Kathpalia being detected BA (Breath Analyser Test) positive yesterday, the privileges of his licence have been suspended for a period of three years: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)


https://www.indiatoday.in/india/stor...679-2018-11-12
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 04:55
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13:30... positive in the early afternoon... damn... a few cups of whiskey and water for breakfast.. breakfast of champions. lucky he not in LHR, like the japanese pilot.. locked up..
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 05:28
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well he's had his license suspended for three years now, and his position as D/Ops is under review. And the Indian press are giving Air India a good kicking this morning.
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 06:31
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Kudos for the airport staff to actually follow thru and report that a senior pilot reported for duty badly over the limit. Old air India SOP in such cases would have been: "sir, you are clearly not feeling well today, how about you go home and let the standby flight crew fly today."

The fact that the intricate details have been leaked to the press indicates that some people in the organisation want him out.
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No matter who he is or what postion he occupies, it is disapointing to see the actual medical reports leaked to the world.

It happened to this guy now, who is next?
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They Fired him today.....done & dusted
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They Fired him today.....done & dusted
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Old 13th Nov 2018, 16:15
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Disgusting leak.Doesnt surprise me.Aviation industry has deteriorated very badly very quickly.If I had my time over,I wouldnt go anywhere
near it. Rananim opines....Rananim sends
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They Fired him today.....done & dusted
And, he was fired by the Minister of Civil Aviation, not Air India:

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