Two Indonesian budget airline bosses have quit after video emerged of a pilot allegedly showing up to fly a plane while drunk.
Footage showed captain Tekad Purna, a pilot for Citilink, appearing to stagger through a metal detector at a security checkpoint at Surabaya airport in Indonesia.
The pilot repeatedly drops his belongings onto the floor, prompting security guards to pick them up.
He is believed to have made it onto the plane, which had 154 passengers, before passengers became suspicious when they allegedly heard slurred words and unclear announcements from the cockpit.
Some left the plane and asked for a replacement of the pilot, who they believed to be either drunk or under the influence of drugs.
Citilink assigned a new pilot to fly the Airbus A320 about an hour behind schedule.
One passenger posted a video of the announcement online.
Mr Purna has not responded to the allegations.
Citilink President Director Albert Burhan announced that he and the airline’s production director would resign over the controversy.
“The pilot had committed serious violation of standard operation procedure that endangered passengers,” Mr Burhan said.
“We apologise for the discomfort. I have to be responsible for that and therefore I and my production director resign.”
Citilink, a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, previously dismissed reports the 32-year-old pilot was drunk, saying initial tests of drug and alcohol were negative.
On Friday, the airline announced it had sacked Tekad.
He is said to have undergone medical tests at a clinic in Surabaya, East Java, as well as a second test in Jakarta, The Jakarta Post reports.
The results of the medical checkups will be released next week.
In December last year, three crew members, a pilot and two flight attendants, were arrested for allegedly consuming crystal methamphetamine, known locally as shabu-shabu, at a hotel. (independent.co.uk)
If it was a Sri lankan pilot he would been be able to fly the while drunk, as Sri lankans are reputed to be very strong drinkers.
ceylon Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:39 PM
make comparsary for all pilots for drug and alcohol testsbefore the departure of all planes. via DM Android App
Dee Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:58 PM
If this happened in SL and the pilot banned, all of the pilots guild would strike or work to rule and the JO will hold a massive protest bringing people from down south who has never seen a plane by busses and hold a :massive: protest against the decision.
Kris Wednesday, 04 January 2017 12:45 AM
Idonesiayawe ehema unata Lankawe eheme wenne ne.,All our SL pilots will stage a protest to reinstate the pilot concerned if it happened here. Asiyawe ascharya...!!!
zamaan Wednesday, 04 January 2017 08:40 AM
strange our drunken bus drivers are not making any headlines here. via DM Android App
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