Four Spicejet pilots test positive for alcohol in five days

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Four SpiceJet pilots have been grounded after their mandatory preflight medical test showed they were drunk when they arrived to fly their scheduled flights.

The incidents happened between a period of five days from November 29 to December 2, the airline said.

In its media statement, a SpiceJet spokesperson said the pilots who failed to clear the preflight alcohol test were immediately grounded as per DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) rules.

“Crew members have to take a compulsory breath analyser test before operating a flight. SpiceJet has a zero tolerance approach to pilots flying under the influence of alcohol. The airline permits zero alcohol level in blood right before a pilot flies an aircraft and takes the strictest possible action against anyone found violating the rules,” the airline said in the statement.