The media learned about the plans to test pilots for alcohol and drugs before and after the flight

Russian airlines and air traffic control can be charged with the duty to check the members of the crews of passenger aircraft and air traffic controllers are the signs of alcoholic, narcotic and other intoxication. As written on Monday, February 6, “Izvestia”, with such intentions by the Ministry of transport.

According to the publication, the Department has prepared the relevant amendments to the Air code of the Russian Federation. In the spring they can be sent to the government for subsequent consideration by the state Duma.

The goal of innovation — increase of safety. The medical examinations of pilots is proposed to conduct not only the flight but also after it, and managers — both before and after the work shift.

Currently checking the crews of civil aircraft and the ground staff of the air is regulated by the adopted in 2002 the Federal aviation regulations medical examination (PLL-50). In addition, the principles of monitoring the health of employees contained in the internal documents of the airlines.

Preflight medical examination is compulsory for all crew members — pilots and flight attendants. While it is a visual inspection, and measured pulse and pressure, the throat is examined, the test asking if he rested before the flight feels like. If necessary, can be measured blood pressure and temperature, and also conducted examinations to establish whether the use of alcohol or drugs.

As for post-flight test crews and air traffic controllers, then legally it is not regulated. On the basis of data obtained through surveys of a number of Russian airlines, the publication reports that such surveys are carried out selectively or for medical reasons.

In August 2016 at the Novosibirsk airport landing liner airline Ellinair from Thessaloniki, the commander of the crew which during the flight had a stroke. 20 minutes before landing he felt ill and lost consciousness. The co-pilot safely landed the aircraft and brought to the Board medical team. Doctors said the commander of a brain hemorrhage.