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Drunk co-pilot leaves 106 passengers stranded in Germany

More than 100 passengers were left stranded at an airport in the southwest of Germany after their flight was canceled last minute by a drunken co-pilot.

(Reuters)

TAP Air Portugal has apologized for leaving over 100 passengers stranded at the Airport of Stuttgart, in the southwest of Germany after the cancellation of a flight at the last minute because the co-pilot was drunk.

Flight TP523 was scheduled to depart from Stuttgart to Lisbon, Portugal, on the evening of 23 March when an airport staffer noticed that the co-pilot walking unsteadily and smelling of alcohol.

Alerting airport authorities, the decision was taken to the aircraft on to a properly grounded electrical outlet.

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It was not immediately clear if the 40-year-old co-pilot was being held.

Further, all 106 passengers were given hotel rooms to stay overnight, German news agency DPA reported on 24 March.

Hi Andrew, we apologize for the situation and for all the inconvenience this may cause. The flights are now scheduled for 26 March, that is, at this time, the first day with seats available.

— TAP Air Portugal (@tapairportugal) March 24, 2018

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Ahead, the carrier tweeted on March 24 that the flight TP523 to Lisbon is moved to 26 March

TAP Air Portugal will not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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