First air traffic controller after 3 pilots fails dope test at Delhi airport India News – Times of India

New Delhi: An Air Traffic Controller (ATCO) working at the Delhi airport has failed a drug test and has been removed from duty as per rules. This is the first example of a ATCO The country started conducting them on aviation personnel earlier this year after they failed a dope test in India. So far three pilots of Indian carriers have tested positive for using psychoactive substances.
“A confirmatory test was conducted at the ATCO stationed at IGI airport and that too turned out to be non-negative (as a positive report for dope test is called),” said a senior official of the IGI. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Three pilots and one ATCO have so far failed a dope test since India began testing flight crew and air traffic controllers for psychoactive substances on a random basis from January 31, 2022. Whereas according to the rules, aviation personnel who fail the dope test for the first time are to be sent. Allowed for rehab and then to resume work with a negative dope test result and a fitness certificate, with individual airlines and organizations free to keep their own policy such as terminating them after the first non-negative test Huh.
Breath Analyzer (BA) tests to ensure that aviation personnel are calm when they report for work have been conducted for many years. The DGCA had made dope testing mandatory for pilots, cabin crew and air traffic controllers for the first time earlier this year. At least 10 percent of these personnel in an organization are required to undergo dope tests annually.
Those who fail for the second time will have their license suspended for three years. And failing the third time would mean cancellation of the license.
All positive cases have to be reported to DGCA within 24 hours of detection. A confirmatory test would need to be conducted on those who test positive. Action on positive cases begins with immediate removal of the person from duty till a confirmation report is received. The drugs to be tested include amphetamines and amphetamine-type stimulants; opiates and metabolites; hemp (Marijuana) in the form of THC; cocaine; Barbiturates and benzodiazepines.