Pilot suspended for allegedly being drunk before flight

On Friday, a pilot for SriLankan Airlines was suspended for allegedly being drunk as he prepared to captain a flight from Germany to Sri Lanka.

According to Agence France-Presse, the SriLankan Airlines pilot arrived at Frankfurt Airport to fly 270 passengers and four crew members to Colombo, Sri Lanka, when other members of the cabin crew noticed that the man appeared to be intoxicated.

The crew was reportedly forced to block the pilot from taking control of the plane. The pilot was then reported to the authorities. After the pilot was taken off the plane, the passengers were forced to endure a 15-hour delay while SriLankan Airlines sent another pilot to Frankfurt Airport.

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The pilot has been suspended while the incident is being fully investigated.

The airline released an apology on its website stating:” Due to unavailability of a flight crew member, the aircraft was unable to leave Frankfurt as scheduled last afternoon.”

SriLankan Airlines is expected to discontinue service to many European destinations in October, including the Frankfurt airport where the incident took place.