Pilot Fails Random Drug Test; DGCA Removes From Flight Duty

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New Delhi: A pilot of a prominent airline has been removed from flight duty after he failed a drug test, reportedly said a DGCA official said on Friday.

The test is done for the flight crew and ATCs on a random basis, newswire PTI reported.

He is the fourth pilot to fail the drug test since the procedure for examination of aviation personnel for consumption of psychoactive substances came into effect from January 31.

A senior DGCA official informed that an official of ATC Delhi was found under influence of a psychoactive substance.

An inquiry was ordered into the incident. The medical reports have confirmed that he was under the influence of a psychoactive substance. He has been immediately removed from duty.

As per the guidelines of DGCA, Aviation workers will be tested for psychoactive substances such as amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, opiates, barbiturates, and benzodiazepine and any positive test will have to be reported to the DGCA within 24 hours.

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