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Australian government inquiry backs drug tests for air workers
20 July 2005

An Australian CASA investigation prompted by a fatal plane crash at Hamilton Island in 2002 has backed the introduction of mandated drug and alcohol testing for the aviation industry. The draft report estimates that up to 8 % of all pilots are alcohol-dependent, with maintenance personnel, flight attendants and management similarly affected. Current laws do not allow CASA to test aviation workers or for air safety investigators to conduct tests during inquiries. Australian police also have no authority to detain or test pilots suspected of substance abuse. (The Australian)