Seems that Sunwing pilot had had more than few drinks too many on December 30th when scheduled to operate a flight to Cancun from Canada the following morning.
The pilot had passed out in the cockpit while on the ground and later found to be more than three times over the legal limit. The flight was delayed by hours as a result while the airline was trying to locate alternate crew.
Here’s an excerpt from the CBC:
Calgary police have charged a pilot after he allegedly passed out from intoxication in the cockpit of a plane with 99 passengers and six crew members aboard.
Crews at the gate and on the plane noticed the pilot was “behaving oddly, before he became unconscious in the cockpit,” Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey told reporters at a news conference.
The pilot — a 37-year-old foreign national from Slovakia in Canada on a work visa — was taken into custody.
And here’s from the Calgary Sun:
Miroslav Gronych, a 37-year-old Slovakian national in Canada on a work visa, was charged Saturday by Calgary police with having care and control of an aircraft while impaired and having care and control of an aircraft while having over .08 blood-alcohol level.
Transport Canada spokesman Dan Dugas said in an e-mail it is a criminal offence in Canada for a flight crew to work within eight hours of consuming alcohol or while under the influence.
Dugas said Transport Canada is reviewing the pilot’s records and Sunwing Airlines’ procedures and protocols.
In a statement, Sunwing Airlines said a new pilot was arranged for the flight and despite delays, the 99 passengers aboard flight WG595 were on route to their destinations around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
There have been quite a few instances recently where some crew members have been intoxicated. It makes you wonder how often someone at the cockpit ends up working on a flight when they are impaired putting lives at risk?
You sometimes see crew members having good times in the club lounges around the world and there is nothing wrong with that. I just hope that they would rather call in sick in case of being impaired than trying to work on a flight.