How Air India “Rewarded” Senior Pilot Arvind Kathpalia After He Failed Alcohol Test Last Year


Captain Kathpalia was supposed to fly a Boeing Dreamliner to London when he failed the test on Sunday.

New Delhi: 

The removal of senior pilot Captain Arvind Kathpalia from the Air India board has been widely praised, with many terming it as the ailing national carrier’s first step towards getting its act together.

Captain Kathpalia tested positive for blood alcohol on Sunday, after which Air India suspended his flying licence for three years. This was strike two for the senior pilot, whose licence was earlier revoked for three months last February on charges of circumventing the mandatory pre-flight breathalyser test and manipulating medical records.

However, there is more to the story than what meets the eye. NDTV has found that soon after Captain Kathpalia was handed out his three-month suspension last year, he was promoted from his position as an Executive Director to the Director of Flight Operations at Air India for a five-year period. The rationale behind promoting a pilot accused of forging an alcohol test and flying a plane after skipping the mandatory medical screening eluded many at the time. The Indian Pilots Association even filed a writ petition with the Delhi High Court, urging Air India to explain the circumstances under which such negligence had occurred. The Delhi Police also registered an FIR in the case that August.

While the action against Captain Kathpalia is a reaffirming step on Air India’s part, it comes a little late in the day. The pilot has a series of misdemeanours to his name, highlighting the nexus that allegedly enables dubious practices in national air carriers as well as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). While short-circuiting mandatory medical check-ups is one such issue, there have also been allegations of sexual harassment against Captain Kathpalia that sources say were covered up by the pilot and his friends at Air India.

Incidentally, the senior pilot’s father, GR Kathpalia, worked with the DGCA for over thirty years. Captain Kathpalia is an important man in the national carrier too, having flown many dignitaries — including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — on their travels across the globe.

The sexual harassment controversy first broke out nearly 10 years ago, when a senior woman pilot with Air India alleged that she was targeted by Captain Kathpalia while she was still undergoing command training. The way her complaint was covered up is a stark portrayal of how influential men’s clubs in the airline help people with dubious track records get promoted to high positions.

The woman told NDTV that the committee constituted to probe the case was heavily biased in favour of Captain Kathpalia, and all its members seemed eager to clear his name. She alleged that the senior pilot used to come late to each meeting, and when he did, the panel members would let him cross-examine her while denying her the same courtesy.

The woman also filed a complaint with the police, but the case wasn’t taken up by a sessions court until 10 years later, in 2015. She said that when the matter did come up for hearing, Captain Kathpalia kept skipping court appearances until he was eventually cleared of all charges for lack of evidence.

The woman said she did not speak up against Captain Kathpalia for two years after the incident for fear of being labelled as a “sensitive girl” who “doesn’t know how to fly” by higher-ups who supported him unconditionally. “He never looked me in the eye after the incident because he knew he was guilty. But in the end he got what he wanted, like he always has. When I read about the #Metoo accounts being shared online, I wondered if coming out with my story once again will mean anything to this man… But if his licence has been revoked for three years, he’s got what he deserved.”

Other charges against Captain Kathpalia pertain to faking his date of birth in an attempt to delay his retirement and colluding with administration staffers to the extent that fellow pilots he got drunk with were caught in breathalyzer tests while he was given a clean chit.

Air India hasn’t clarified if the sexual harassment charge was a factor in its decision to sack the senior pilot. It did not comment on the other charges, including the attempt to manipulate his date of birth and influencing alcohol tests, either. 





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खास बातें

  1. कठपालिया उड़ान ड्यूटी से पहले जांच में एल्कोहल का सेवन किए हुए पाए गए थे.
  2. डीजीसीए ने कठपालिया का लाइसेंस तीन वर्ष के लिए निलंबित कर दिया था.
  3. चालक दल का कोई सदस्य उड़ान के 12 घंटे पहले तक मदिरापान नहीं कर सकता.

नई दिल्ली: एयर इंडिया के सीनियर पायलट कैप्टन अरविंद कठपालिया को परिचालन निदेशक के पद से हटा दिया गया है. इससे एक दिन पहले नागर विमानन महानिदेशालय (डीजीसीए) ने कठपालिया का लाइसेंस तीन वर्ष के लिए निलंबित कर दिया था. बता दें, कठपालिया रविवार को उड़ान ड्यूटी से पहले जांच में एल्कोहल का सेवन किए हुए पाए गए थे. एयर इंडिया ने कठपालिया को उस दिन उड़ान ड्यूटी से हटा दिया था. द इंडियन कमर्शियल पायलट एसोसिएशन ने मंगलवार को मांग की थी कि कैप्टन अरविंद कठपालिया को तुरंत प्रभाव से हटा दिया जाए। एसोसिएशन का कहना था कि वे ऐसा कई बार करके यात्रियों की जान खतरे में डाल चुके हैं।  केंद्रीय नागरिक उड्डयन मंत्री सुरेश प्रभु ने भी एयर इंडिया से कैप्टन को तुरंत प्रभाव से हटाने के लिए कहा था। 

बता दें, नागर विमानन महानिदेशालय (डीजीसीए) ने एयर इंडिया के अरविंद कठपालिया का लाइसेंस तीन वर्ष के लिए निलंबित कर दिया था. कठपालिया रविवार को उड़ान ड्यूटी से पहले जांच में मद्यपान किए हुए पाए गए थे. एयर इंडिया ने कठपालिया को उस दिन उड़ान ड्यूटी से हटा दिया था. एक अधिकारी ने बताया कि जांच के दौरान सांस में मदिरापान के लक्षण पाए जाने पर उनका लाइसेंस तीन साल के लिए निलंबित किया गया है. डीजीसीए के नियम 24 के तहत चालक दल का कोई सदस्य उड़ान के 12 घंटे पहले तक मदिरापान नहीं कर सकता. 

मुंबई हवाई अड्डे पर एयर इंडिया की एयर होस्टेस विमान से गिरी, हालत गंभीर

उड़ान से पहले उनकी मद्यपान निरोधक जांच जरूरी है. पहली बार पकड़े जाने पर विमान परिचालन का लाइसेंस तीन महीने के लिए मुअत्तिल किया जा सकता है. दूसरी बार निलंबन तीन साल के लिए करने का प्रावधान है. तीसरी बार पकड़े जाने पर लाइसेंस हमेशा के लिए रद्द हो सकता है. डीजीसीए ने कठपालिया का लाइसेंस इससे पहले 2017 में तीन महीने के लिए निलंबित किया था. उस समय वह एक उड़ान से पहले मद्यपान जांच यंत्र में सांस छोड़ने से बच कर निकल गए था. उस समय उन्हें कार्यकारी निदेशक (परिचालन) पद से हटा दिया गया था.

Air India नवंबर अंत से घरेलू मार्गों पर देर रात उड़ान सेवाओं की करेगी शुरुआत

टिप्पणियां


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Air India Pilot Arvind Kathpalia Sacked As Director of Operations For Failing Alcohol Test


New Delhi: 

Senior Air India pilot Captain Arvind Kathpalia has been sacked from the position of Director of Operations, a day after he was barred from flying for at least three years after failing an alcohol test before a scheduled international flight.

The Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association, earlier today, had demanded Mr Kathpalia’s immediate termination because he was a “repeat offender who endangers the lives of passengers”.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu had also asked the national carrier to relieve him immediately, sources said.

Captain Kathpalia was found to have unacceptably high blood alcohol content shortly before his flight from New Delhi to London on Sunday. This was the second instance of the senior pilot failing the breathalyzer test. In January 2017, he was grounded for three months for skipping the test before a flight.





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“I am always happy to come forward to such events because I believe club cricket is the life-blood of your Test teams. Without club cricket, you will not get players who will play Ranji Trophy or go on to play Test cricket or go onto play One Day Internationals so there fore club cricket becomes very important,” Gavaskar said.    

The 69-year-old legend, one of the finest batsmen to play for India, spoke at the prize distribution ceremony of the 71st Police Invitation Shield Tournament 2018.    

“And I am so happy that the police have continued their support for this tournament. This is the 71st year of the tournament, non-stop and it gives an opportunity forplayers to show their skills…,” added Gavaskar. 

Recollecting that he was part of the Police Shield winning team while playing for the Mumbai university, Gavaskar said the tournament holds a lot of importance. 

“Coming here, brings back so many memories. Growing upthere were three tournaments, which were looked forward to –Purshotam Shield, Talim Shield and the third one was the Police Shield.    

“Yes, there was the Kanga League, of course, that wasplayed in the rainy season. But after that if you wanted toimpress the Mumbai selection committee, these were the threetournaments you wanted to do well,” he said.    

“And then of course the Times Sheild, but it used tohappen a little bit later, around the months of December-January, by which the Ranji season would have started.Therefore this tournament used to be a big tournament,” said Gavaskar.    

The former right-handed batsman, who played 125 Tests and hit 34 centuries in the longest format of the game, also spoke about the mega city’s unique cricketing culture.  

“…because Mumbai’s cricketing culture is something unique. It’s a culture which teaches you not to give up, its a culture that tells you — don’t be satisfied with what you have done — whether its a five-wicket haul or you have got a hundred, you want to carry on, you want to go on and breakdown doors so that you get higher recognition,” he added.    

During his speech, Gavaskar narrated an anecdote where former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott lambasted a taxi-driver in Trinidad for sharing with him his wrong scores. Veteran off-spinner Milind Rege, veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty, senior police officers and officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association were among those present on the occasion.

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Senior Air India Pilot Who Failed Alcohol Test Grounded For 3 Years


A senior Air India pilot, who failed the alcohol test before his scheduled international flight on Sunday, won’t be able to fly for the next three years as his licence has been suspended by the air safety watchdog today.

Captain Arvind Kathpalia, who is also the Director of Operations at Air India, was found to have an unacceptably high blood alcohol content shortly before his flight between New Delhi and London.

“The privileges of his licence have been suspended for a period of three years from 11.11.2018 as per the provisions of applicable regulations,” a spokesperson at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement.

Aircraft rules prohibit crew members from having any alcoholic beverage 12 hours prior to a flight, and mandate them to undergo alcohol tests before and after each trip.

This is the second instance of Captain Kathpalia, who has even flown former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the past, failing a breathalyzer test. In January 2017, he was grounded for three months after tests revealed alcohol in his blood.

According to reports, a court had directed the Delhi police to lodge a First Information Report or FIR against him for violating aviation rules, tampering with evidence and intimidating a doctor employed by Air India.





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Senior Air India Pilot Found Drunk, Another Skips Test. Both Grounded


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation will probe the case against Captain Arvind Kathpalia.

New Delhi: 

The Director of Operations at Air India, Captain Arvind Kathpalia, failed a mandatory breathalyzer test and was found to have an unacceptably high blood alcohol count shortly before he was scheduled to command the AI-111, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, on a flight between New Delhi and London. He will now face a probe by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The flight was scheduled to take off at 2:45 this afternoon. “A few minutes after the tests were completed and I was sitting for the pre-flight briefing in the next room, the doctor came and informed me that the test conducted in her presence was found positive. When asked why she didn’t tell me right then (earlier), she said something was wrong with the machine and it was taking time to register,” Captain Kathpalia told NDTV. The official said he then went to a private agency for a blood test, the results of which will take 48 hours to come.

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The breathalyzer test showed that Captain Kathpalia’s blood alcohol level was above permissible levels. The flight took off an hour late, after a replacement pilot was located.

Captain Kathpalia now faces a three-year ban from operating commercial jetliners in accordance with DGCA directives. Aircraft rules prohibit crew members from having any alcoholic drink 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight, and mandate them to undergo alcohol tests before and after each trip.

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The breathalyzer test showed that Captain Kathpalia’s blood alcohol level was above permissible levels.

This is the second instance of Captain Kathpalia, who has even flown Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the past, failing a breathalyzer test. In January 2017, he was grounded for three months after tests revealed alcohol in his bloodstream. According to reports, a court had directed the Delhi police to lodge an FIR against him for violating aviation rules, tampering with evidence and intimidating a doctor employed by Air India.

In an unrelated incident, another Air India Dreamliner – AI-332 – took off for Bangkok from New Delhi only to be called back after it was found that the co-pilot had missed his mandatory pre-flight breathalyzer test. According to airline sources, the pilot has been grounded for three months, during which he will undergo a refresher counselling session. “A pilot is assumed breath analyzer-positive even if he has forgotten to take the test before the flight,” a senior executive said.

The flight was scheduled to take off again at 7:20 pm, after a delay of almost six hours.





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