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Jakarta Post

Pilots’ drug lifestyles worrying

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 8 2012   /  08:13 am

Yet another arrest of a pilot, this time from Lion Air, over the alleged use of crystal methamphetamine late last week has raised concerns over the safety of the country’s airline industry, with the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) suggesting that a large number of pilots could have drug problems.

BNN’s chief of operations, Brig. Gen. Benny Mamoto, said that the arrests of airline pilots may hint at a larger picture of drug abuse in the country.

“There is a possibility that airline crews are linked to drug networks,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Benny said the BNN is currently investigating cases of drug abuse in the transportation sector across the country. He also urged operators to seriously monitor their crews.

“This is a serious warning for airline crews and those on any other mode of transportation that they should not use drugs,” he...