PCAA comments on medical test of cockpit, cabin crews


Karachi: Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority referring to a news item regarding the unacceptable level of blood alcohol and lactate In the blood sample of Captain Asmat Mehmood, the pilot in command of M/s Shaheen Air International flight No. NL-142, crash landed at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore on 3rd November 2015 said as per the Pakistan Civil Aviation Rules (CAR) approved by The Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, No Alcohol level is acceptable in the blood of any Pilot, cockpit crew, cabin crew and passengers.

However, Federal Aviation Authority USA permits the blood alcohol level up to 40mg per decilitre.

The medical investigation reports of cockpit crew of M/s Shaheen Air International flight no. NL-142 just after the incident revealed that the pilot in command had unacceptable level of blood alcohol and lactate. The lactate indicates that the pilot was fatigued and had been drinking alcohol.

It is further stated that the Alcohol Level in the blood sample of Captain Asmat Mehmood, the pilot in command of M/s Shaheen Air International flight No. NL-142, was 83 mg per decilitre which was more than the double of the permissible amount by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), USA.

Since the amount of alcohol was doubled of the permissible amount by FAA, USA. It had affected the central nervous impairment and also lead the pilot towards errors of judgment.