ATC at Delhi Airport removed from duty by DGCA as he tests positive for psychoactive drug

An air traffic controller (ATC) at the Delhi airport tested positive for a psychoactive substance and has been removed from duty by the aviation regulator DGCA, sources said on Sunday, August 21.

This is the first instance of an air traffic controller (ATC) testing positive for psychoactive substance after the rules for the testing of the flight crew and ATCs for psychoactive substances came into force in the country in January 2022, they said.

The sources said that an ATC posted at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was subjected to a drug test. The person was found positive in the confirmatory test report received on August 18 and he has been removed from the ATCO duty.

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ATC at Delhi Airport removed from duty by DGCA as he tests positive for psychoactive drug

The Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) detailing the procedure for examination of the aviation personnel for consumption of psychoactive substances came into effect on January 31. The test is done for the flight crew and ATCs on a random basis.

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Since the rules were implemented, three pilots of different airlines have been found positive after the confirmatory test and are being dealt with as per the provisions of DGCA regulations.

As per the CAR, in case the result of the confirmatory drug test is positive for the first time, then the person concerned will be referred to a de-addiction centre by the organisation concerned for a de-addiction and rehabilitation.

If the same person tests positive for the second time, then his or her licence will be suspended for three years. And if the violation happens for the third time, then the particular personnel’s licence will be cancelled.

In the introduction to the CAR, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mentioned that the worldwide spread of the use of psychoactive substances, their general availability and the ever-increasing number of addicted users is a serious concern to aviation safety.

Citing a study conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the report published in February 2019, DGCA said that after alcohol, cannabis and opioids are the next commonly used psychoactive substances in India.

In the introduction to the CAR, DGCA mentioned the worldwide spread of the use of psychoactive substances and the ever-increasing number of addicted users is a serious concern to aviation safety.

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Two pilots of leading Indian airlines failed dope tests in July end, becoming the first aviation personnel to do so since India started testing flight crew and air traffic controllers for psychoactive substances on a random basis starting January 31, 2022. 

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As this is the first time they have failed the test, the two are being sent for de-addiction or rehabilitation. After undergoing the programme successfully, they can return to work with a negative dope test and a fitness certificate from their airline doctor. 

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