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Drunk Canadian pilot arrested after fainting in plane cockpit

The pilot was scheduled to fly 99 passengers and 6 crewmembers to Cancun this morning.

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A SUNWING PILOT was arrested today after being found intoxicated in a plane he was about to maneuver out of Calgary airport in western Canada.

The 37-year-old man was found drunk shortly after 7am (noon, Irish time) in the cockpit of the plane he was supposed to pilot to Cancun, Mexico.

Before the flight was scheduled to take off, the crew and other airline staff noticed the pilot’s behaving strangely before he fainted in the cockpit. They then alerted the authorities.

The pilot was subsequently escorted out of the plane and was placed in jail, police said.

The authorities said the pilot had more than three times the authorized amount of alcohol (0.08% in Canada) in his body two hours after his arrest.

The pilot was charged with being in control of an aircraft while being impaired, and faces other charges.

A Sunwing spokeswoman thanked the crew for handling the “very unfortunate matter,” according to local media.

The flight took off with another pilot maneuvering the Boeing 737 plane with 99 passengers and six crewmembers, including the pilot who was charged.

© AFP, 2017

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