Substance abuse during control of complex equipment
Other Names: Flying under the influence of alcohol
Drug use by pilots
Nature: Substance abuse is especially hazardous in the case of many workers involved with providing services to the public, such as pilots, truck drivers, public transportation operators, air traffic controllers, nuclear power-plant operators, and other occupations directly affecting public safety.
Incidence: Although alcohol has been traced to very few commercial aviation accidents, there is evidence that drinking among pilots is more widespread than the accident statistics indicate.
Counter Claim: Since 1983 only 16 accidents in the USA involved drug or alcohol abuse on the part of the pilot. None of the accidents involved a major airline.
Problem Type: E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET