AI pilot sacked for failing alcohol test, made regional director

-A Monitor Report16 May, 2019 | 1428 Views|-+
New Delhi : Air India pilot Arvind Kathpalia whose flying licence was suspended in November 2018 after he failed pre-flight alcohol tests, has been promoted to the position of Regional Director (Northern Region) in the airline, according to an official statement.

"Consequent to the retirement of Pankaj Kumar, Regional Director (Northern Region) after the close of the working hours of April 30 Capt. Arvind Kathpalia will take over the charge of the post of Regional Director (Northern Region) with effect from May 1" the statement said.

On November 11 last year, Kathpalia had tested positive for alcohol in two breath analyser (BA) tests before he was to fly Air India's New Delhi-London flight.

The next day, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended his flying licence for three years and on November 13, the Ministry of Civil Aviation issued an order to remove him from the position of Director -Operations.

The Air India pilots body Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) "strongly condemned" Kathpalia's appointment.

The ICPA further mentioned in its statement that Kathpalia may intimidate Air India staffers who have given statements in the police enquiry in connection with the pending cases against him.

"Disciplinary action against commanders comes under the jurisdiction of RD-NR. A person who has broken the law and charge sheet pending against him cannot take disciplinary action against other employees," the statement added.

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