A Captain flying a Boeing 737 airplane in Canada has been arrested on the suspicion of flying a plane while being drunk. The pilot, Miroslav Gronych, reportedly passed out in the cockpit of the plane, while the airplane was in flight.
Calgary police had said that Gronych was “behaving oddly before he became unconscious in the cockpit” on Saturday.
Cable News Network, CNN, had reported that the aircraft was carrying 99 passengers and six crew members and was flying to Regina, before heading to Winnipeg and Cacun in Mexico.
37-year-old Gronych, was charged with flying a plane while under the influence of intoxicating substances.
A police statement said: “Initial tests conducted by police indicate the pilot was severely impaired by alcohol,”
The airline responsible, Sunwing, had apologized for their pilot’s behaviour and commended the rest of the crew for dealing with a “very unfortunate matter.”
The statement released by the airline reads:
“Dear Customers, we will like to take the opportunity to advise you of an incident that occurred earlier this morning.
“We can confirm that shortly before 7 a.m. local time, the gate agents, first officer and crew of Sunwing flight 595, departing from Calgary and destined for Cancun, determined that the Captain was unfit to fly and reported this accordingly.
“The Captain was immediately escorted off of the aircraft and the incident is now under investigation with local authorities.”
“We are very appreciative of our crew’s diligence in handling this very unfortunate matter in accordance with procedures.
“We were able to secure a new Captain and are pleased to report that our customers are now en route to their destination after experiencing a minimal delay.”
“We are very apologetic for any upset that this has caused and would like to assure our customers that safety remains our utmost priority”.
The aircraft took off moments later under a new pilot, said airline, Sunwing.