As many as 58 Air India pilots were reported found drunk right before their flight from various airports in India, last eight year.
According to the India Today report, most of the pilots failed pre-flight checks at Mumbai and Delhi airports, with 18 cases.
Last year an Air India pilot was grounded for three months after he was tested positive for in the mandatory pre-flight alcohol test, minutes before operating a flight to Abu Dhabi from Delhi.
Rule 24 of the Aircraft Rules (1937) prohibits crew members from taking any alcoholic drink, 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight, and it is mandatory for him or her to undergo an alcohol test both before and after operating a flight.
“We suspend anywhere between 1-4 pilots every month for this offence,” a DGCA official said.