Drunk Air India pilot: Arvind Kathpalia removed from Director of Operations post

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 13, 2018, 04.52 PM (IST)

Air India Captain, Arvind Kathpalia, has been removed as the Director of Operations, Air India. Kathpalia's dismissal comes a day after his licence was revoked by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday. 

"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 spokesman at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement.

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On Sunday, Kathpalia made headlines for failing two breathalyzer tests before a flight to London from New Delhi. 

This is the second time Arvind Kathpalia has been in trouble over alcohol tests. He was suspended for three months in 2017 for allegedly refusing to take breathalyzer tests, news agency Reuters reported.

Kathpalia, who was on the airline's board, told Reuters the DGCA directive "is a rule and so it is meant to be followed".

Between 2015-2017, 132 pilots in India failed a breathalyzer test during the mandatory pre-flight examination, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu told parliament in August.

Of these, 112 pilots were first-time offenders and their pilot licence was suspended for three months. Fifteen pilots were repeat offenders and had their license suspended for three years, Prabhu said.