New Delhi : Fourty six pilots were found to have violated aviation safety norms last year and 41 tested positive for alcohol during pre-flight medical examination, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday.

“41 pilots tested alcohol positive during the pre-flight breath analyser test, of which two found positive for the second time and were suspended for five years,” K C Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said.

The DGCA has taken stern action against the tipsy pilots and suspended 39 of them from flying duties for three months.

Of the 41 pilots, 15 were of Jet Airways (11) and JetLite (4) combined, followed by IndiGo’s eight, six each of Air India and SpiceJet and three each of  GoAir and now grounded Kingfisher Airlines, the minister said.

One of the pilots of Jet Airways and one of GoAir were suspended from flying duties for five years after being found guilty for the second time, he added.

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