Delta Pilot Over The Limit & Amsterdam – New York Flight Went “Mechanical”

Delta Air Lines flight DL47 from Amsterdam to New York was canceled on Sunday after co-pilot was found to be three times over the limit allowed for crew members.


Airline had told that the flight was canceled due to “mechanical” issues (at least they didn’t blame the weather).

Here’s an excerpt from NLTimes (access their website here):

A co-pilot scheduled to fly a commercial flight departing Schiphol on Sunday was stopped by police for alcohol consumption. The 51-year-old man was detained at the airport and issued a spot fine of 3,400 euros after breath tests showed an alcohol content three times higher than the legal limit for flight crews.

“Because the aircraft was not allowed to leave without the co-pilot, the flight was canceled,” Dutch police said in a statement. The statement was issued at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The only flight that was cancelled on Sunday before that time was Delta flight 47, scheduled to depart at 9:15 a.m. for New York’s JFK airport, according to the airport.

Delta confirmed to NL Times that the flight was canceled due to a crew duty issue, and would not elaborate. However, according to website, the airline said the flight was canceled for a mechanical issue.


Seems that some Delta pilots may have drinking issues in Amsterdam. They had to cancel flight to Newark back in 2010 (read more here) when the pilot was over the limit.

The limit for pilots in Netherlands is 0.02. Delta may have other bottle to throttle rules but those of the country supersedes them.

Delta passengers that were on this canceled flight DL47 on Sunday should claim their EC 261/2004 compensation from the airline. As the flight was canceled, they are at minimum eligible for 300 euro compensation and 600 euros if they arrived to their final destination more than 4 hours late.

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