Politi­cian raises pi­lots on drugs fear

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL - JAKARTA

MOST of In­done­sia’s air­line ac­ci­dents have in­volved pi­lots on drugs, the head of the coun­try’s nar­cotics agency said.

They in­clude a Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea four years ago, said Budi Was­eso.

He made the com­ments at a cer­e­mony in­au­gu­rat­ing Bali’s tra­di­tional vil­lage se­cu­rity guards as anti-drug vol­un­teers.

“Al­most all air ac­ci­dents in In­done­sia, whether it was just a skid or what­ever, the pi­lots are in­di­cated to be pos­i­tive for drugs,” he told re­porters.

He said the Lion Air pi­lot had hal­lu­ci­nated that the sea was the run­way.

The com­ments come af­ter a video cir­cu­lated on­line last month show­ing an ap­par­ently in­tox­i­cated pi­lot in the cock­pit of a pas­sen­ger plane.

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