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Drunk Air India pilot case: Air India's Chief Vigilance Officer to conduct detail inquiry

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WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 13, 2018, 08.02 PM (IST)

Air India's Chief Vigilance Officer will carry out a detailed inquiry into the incident involving Captain Arvind Kathpalia, news agency ANI reported. According to reports, the impact of Kathpalia's action on passenger's safety will also be investigated, along with the administrative and disciplinary aspects of his conduct.

Air India Captain Arvind Kathpalia was removed from the post of air carrier's Director of Operations on Tuesday. Kathpalia's dismissal came a day after his licence was revoked by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday. 

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"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.

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.

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Air India Captain Arvind Kathpalia was removed from the post of air carrier's Director of Operations on Tuesday. He made headlines for failing two breathalyzer tests before a flight to London from New Delhi on Sunday.