Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lion Air Senior Pilot Arrested in Hotel for Alleged Drug Use




The police have confirmed the arrest of a senior Lion Air pilot after he was caught to be in possession of illegal drugs in a hotel in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.

“He is suspected to have consumed drugs in the form of crystal meth and there are remaining drugs that have not been consumed weighing around 0.57 mg,” said East Nusa Tenggara police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Jules A Abast, as quoted by Tribunnews.

The pilot, initialled MS, was arrested on Monday after the local police raided his room in Kupang’s T?more Hotel, where he was found to be in possession of drugs and accompanied by an unidentified woman. He is currently under investigation at the Kupang Police Station.

Lion Air has since also confirmed that MS is indeed a pilot of the airline who has been working for Lion since 2014. The airline added that the suspect has had health checks, as well as shown good work ethics and behaviour.

“The Lion Air management carries out urine checks on aeroplane crews every morning on their first flights in accordance with the regulation. Specifically for pilots, a health test is also done once every six months,” said Lion Air Group Corporate Spokesperson Ramaditya Handoko.

Rama added that MS would be fired immediately if there was any evidence he had been using narcotics.

This is not the first time, a Lion Aircrew has been caught in drug-related cases. In 2015, a Lion Air pilot and two flight attendants were arrested by officers from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) at a “drug party” in South Tangerang.

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Evidence: The police confiscate a bong, lighters and plastic straws during the arrest of a Lion Air pilot in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Monday. 
(Courtesy of the Kupang Police)


Lion Air is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, but it continues to be dogged by scandals ranging from massive flight delays to a flight attendant allegedly slapping a passenger. One serious issue that has come up multiple times in the past is Lion Air pilots being caught with narcotics.

Today, the company confirmed that one of their pilots had been arrested at a hotel in the city of Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.

“The (pilot suspected of taking drugs) is a senior pilot who has been working for Lion Air since 2014 and has had health checks, as well as shown good work ethics and behavior,” Lion Air Group Corporate Spokesperson Ramaditya Handoko said in a written statement on Tuesday picked up by Detik.

The pilot, identified by police as MS, was arrested on Monday night when his hotel was raided by police. He is currently under investigation at the Kupang Police Station.

In the press release, Rama said that all Lion Air crew members are required to undergo urine testing at the start of each of their work days. The company also requires pilots to undergo routine health checks every six months. Rama said MS would be fired immediately if there was any evidence he had been using narcotics.

In 2015, a Lion Air pilot and two flight attendants were arrested by officers from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) at a “drug party” in South Tangerang, and, between 2012-2015, three Lion Air pilots were arrested for drug use.

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Suspected: Mahesa, a Lion Air pilot, was arrested on Monday for allegedly possessing and using crystal methamphetamine.
 (Courtesy of the Kupang Police)

A joint team comprising personnel of the East Nusa Tenggara chapter of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Kupang Police’s narcotics division arrested a Lion Air pilot for alleged drug use on Monday.

The pilot, identified only as Mahesa, was arrested while holding a party at which drugs were allegedly taken at Hotel T-More in Kupang city.

“The Lion Air pilot with flight number JT 924 was caught [allegedly] using drugs in Room 205 of Hotel T-More, with evidence comprising a package of crystal methamphetamine weighing 0.3 grams, a bong and its glass pipe, two gas lighters and four plastic straws,” said BNN East Nusa Tenggara head Muhammad Sidik to journalists on Tuesday.

He added that the Lion Air pilot was later taken to the Kupang Police office for a urine test. He reportedly tested positive to using crystal meth.

The arrest was made during a string of operations jointly conducted by the BNN East Nusa Tenggara and the Kupang Police in several night clubs and hotels across the city.

Mahesa was scheduled to operate a Lion Air flight on Tuesday but was replaced by another pilot as he had to undergo questioning at the Kupang Police office on Tuesday afternoon. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.thejakartapost.com

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