Is There an Acceptable level of Blood Alcohol, as well, for Pilots to Fly any Plane?
KARACHI: The pilot which crash landed at Lahore airport, injuring 10 passengers of Shaheen Air International flight NL-142 was under the influence of alcohol, Civil Aviation Authority Press Release stated.
In an official press release by the Civil Aviation Authority titled 'Snap/random medical tests of cockpit and cabin crew', the CAA stated that it has conducted a medical investigation involving the cockpit crew following the incident. The press release stated that the "the pilot in command had an unacceptable level of blood alcohol and lactate. The lactate indicates that the pilot was fatigued". The press release quoting Director General (DG) CAA Amjad Ali Toor outlined these reasons for the crash landing.
CAA to state that unacceptable level of alcohol in blood states that there is an acceptable level as well.
The press release as below:
At least 10 passengers were injured as the Karachi-Lahore flight carrying over a hundred people crash landed at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport, skidding off the runway when faulty landing gear caused a tyre to burst.
Earlier reports said the pilot of the aircraft had given prior intimation to airport authorities regarding the fault in the landing gear before making the emergency landing.
The CAA has in the past failed to take regulatory action against violators of air safety laws.
Earlier this year, the authority and flight operator were slammed for inaction in the face of violation of rules by 'influential' pilot Qasim Hayat who operated a Toronto-bound flight without mandatory 24-hour rest.
Last year, flight inspector Arif Majeed was let off the hook for flying a passenger flight despite not being authorised to do so.
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