Published on February 7th, 2012 | by Duncan Riley0
Indonesian Pilot Tests Positive to Crystal Meth Hours Before Takeoff
A pilot with Indonesian airline Lion Air has been found to have crystal meth in his system hours before he was due to take off.
The 44 year old pilot was arrested by police after being found to have 0.04 grams of crystal meth in an envelope in his possession. A later drug test found that he wasn’t just holding on to the envelope, he’d been using the crystal meth as well.
Remarkably this isn’t the first time a pilot with Lion Air, Indonesia’s biggest domestic airline, has tested positive to crystal meth, with Reuters reporting that it is the second time this year.
The Indonesian Government has responded to the scandal by introducing new regulations that will require pilots and cabin crew to undergo tests for alcohol and drugs before boarding a plane.
Lion Air has a 8 incidents and accidents since being established in 1999. The airline is also on the list of air carriers banned in the European Union due to safety concerns.
Crystal meth can cause anorexia, hyperactivity, dilated pupils, flushing, restlessness, dry mouth, headache, tachycardia, bradycardia, tachypnea, hypertension, hypotension, hyperthermia, diaphoresis, diarrhea, constipation, blurred vision, dizziness, twitching, insomnia, numbness, palpitations, arrhythmias, tremors, dry and/or itchy skin, acne, pallor, and with chronic and/or high doses, convulsions, heart attack, stroke, and death.