NEW DELHI: Two pilots of India’s top airlines failed a dope test this week, becoming the first airline employee to do so since India began randomization testing cabin crew and air traffic controllers on psychotropic substances as of January 31, 2022.
Since this is the first time they failed the exam, both are being sent to rehab or rehab. After going through the program successfully, they can return to work with a negative dope test result and a health certificate from their airline doctor.
“Two pilots failed the dope test in the last 4-5 days. According to the procedure, their urine samples went through confirmatory testing after the initial test came back positive. Samples have been sent abroad for verification. Due to sensitive and privacy issues along with stigma, the identities of the pilots and the two prominent Indian airlines they work for will not be revealed,” people familiar with the development told Reuters. know. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has consulted and is waiting for the time to publish the story.
While breath analysis (BA) tests to ensure airline personnel are awake when reporting work have been underway for several years, the DGCA has implemented mandatory dope testing for aircraft for the first time. previous pilots, flight attendants and air traffic controllers (ATCOs). five. At least 10% of these people in an organization must do a dope test every year.
Those who fail the test for the first time must go through a successful detox/rehab and then be allowed back into the service. Those who fail a second time will have their license suspended for three years. And a third failure will mean the cancellation of the license.
Airlines, Airports Authority of India (ATCO’s parent organization) and flight schools must ensure that crew members, ATCOs, aircraft maintenance engineers/certificate staff , training pilots and instructors / assessors are tested for psychostimulant consumption under the following circumstances: Before hiring a person; before admitting pilot trainees to flight school; follow-up checks of confirmed cases and, at the first opportunity, in cases where airline personnel have refused to take a drug test with foreign regulatory authorities during flight operations in the country there.
All positive cases must be reported to the DGCA within 24 hours of detection. A confirmatory test will need to be done on those who test positive. Action on positive cases begins with immediate dismissal of the person until a confirmed report is received.
The drugs tested included: amphetamines and amphetamine-type stimulants; Opium and metabolites; Cannabis (Cannabis) as THC; cocaine; Barbiturates and Benzodiazepines.