Citilink Pilot Confirmed Negative on Drug Use: BNN

A Citilink Airbus A320 approaches for a landing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta June 14, 2013. (Reuters Photo/Enny Nuraheni)

By : Thresa Sandra Desfika | on 9:33 AM January 11, 2017
Category : News, Transportation

Jakarta. The state narcotics body found that the former pilot for airline Citilink Indonesia, who was dismissed last month after showing up allegedly intoxicated to fly a passenger jet from Surabaya, was tested negative for drugs.

Tekad Purna Agniamartanto, whose misconduct led to the delay of a flight with 152 passengers on board from Juanda Airport in Surabaya in East Java to Jakarta, underwent physical and psychological tests by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) last week.

"The physical test found no significant disorder. The result of the psychological test is that there was adaptation disturbance that led to depression. Meanwhile, the test on urine, hair and blood found no narcotic substances," BNN spokesman Sr. Comr. Slamet Pribadi said in Jakarta on Tuesday (10/01).

Video footage of Tekad wobbling through security clearance gates and speaking incoherently from the cockpit went viral on social media after the incident, raising questions about safety standards for passengers during flights.

Last month's incident also prompted Citilink chief executive Albert Burhan and airline chief operations officer Hadinoto Soedigno to offer their resignations, pending shareholders' approval, after the public relations disaster.

Citilink is the budget airline unit of the country's flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia.

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