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 (Wednesday local time) but was reportedly delayed over 10 hours after the pilot’s colleague suspected him to be under the influence of alcohol, the Khaleej Times reports.
The airline confirmed the incident to Fox News in a statement, saying they have a “zero tolerance policy on flight crew found to be in contravention of the regulations regarding alcohol consumption.”
After administering a test, it was discovered the pilot had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and was “immediately deemed unfit to fly,” the flydubai spokesperson said.
Passengers were given refreshments and the airline made other arrangements to get them to their destination “as soon as possible.”
“We apologize for the delay to their travel plans but the safety of our passengers and crew remains our top priority,” the airline spokesperson said.
Last month, a British Airways passenger was sentenced to eight months jail time after reporting to work drunk. Julian Monaghan was arrested in January when a technician smelled alcohol on his breath as he prepared to pilot a flight from London to Mauritius.
It’s unclear whether the flydubai pilot in question faces any consequences at this time.