An Air India pilot was grounded after testing positive for alcohol in the mandatory pre-flight breath analyser test. The flight, Air India Express IX 115, was scheduled to fly from Delhi to Abu Dhabi at 8.50 pm from the IGI Airport.
The pilot has been suspended for three months with a forewarning for a three-year-suspension for reoccurrence of the same offence. This was also his first wrongdoing.
Rule 24 of the Aircraft Rules prohibits crew members from consuming any alcoholic drink 12 hours before a flight takes off, and it is mandatory for them to undergo an alcohol test both before and after operating a journey.