Thursday, January 12, 2012

Indonesia grounds Lion Air pilots for getting high

Indonesia's Transportation Ministry says it has penalised pilots and crew members of budget carrier Lion Air who were arrested for drug possession in recent months.

'We have given warnings to the airline and revoked licences for the pilots and crew members,' the ministry's air transportation director general Herry Bhakti Gumay told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Last week, a Lion Air pilot, identified as 'A' was caught with crystal methamphetamine in his possession in a karaoke bar in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Late last year, another Lion Air pilot Muhammad Nasri and two co-pilots were arrested at a drug party in Tangerang, Banten.

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