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Indonesia narcotics chief blames pilots on drugs for crashes

Most of Indonesia's airline accidents have involved pilots on drugs, the head of the country's narcotics agency said.

They include a Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea four years ago while trying to land on Bali, said Budi Waseso.

He made the comments at a ceremony inaugurating Bali's traditional village security guards as anti-drug volunteers.

"Almost all air accidents in Indonesia, whether it was just a skid or whatever, the pilots are indicated to be positive for drugs," he told reporters.

He said the Lion Air pilot had hallucinated that the sea was the runway.

The comments come after a video circulated online last month showing an apparently intoxicated pilot in the cockpit of a passenger plane.

News reports this week said two other pilots recently tested positive for drugs.

AP

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