A flydubai pilot led to a significant delay after testing over the legal blood alcohol limit.
A flydubai flight from Kathmandu to Dubai was significantly delayed after the pilot was found to be drunk.
Flight FZ8018 was scheduled to depart Tuesday and Wednesday (local time), but was reportedly a delay of more than 10 hours after the pilot’s colleagues suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol, the Khaleej Times reports.
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The airline confirmed the incident to Fox News in a statement, that they have a “zero tolerance policy in the area of flight crew which are in conflict with the rules and regulations related to the consumption of alcohol.”
After administering a test, it was discovered the pilot had an alcohol level above the legal limit and it was immediately deemed unfit to fly,” the flydubai spokesperson said.
Passengers were given snacks and drinks, and the airline made other arrangements to get them to their destination as quickly as possible.”
“We apologize for the delay in their travel plans, but the safety of our passengers and crew remains our highest priority,” the spokesman of the airline said.
Last month, a British Airways passenger was sentenced to eight months in jail after reporting to work drunk. Julian Monaghan was arrested in January, when a technician smelled alcohol in his breath as he prepared to pilot a flight from London to Mauritius.
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It is unclear whether the flydubai pilot in question faces any consequences at this time.
Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.