Drunk terrorises MH flight

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

MELBOURNE, 1 June 2017: Armed police stormed a Malaysia Airlines flight which was forced to return to Melbourne after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit claiming he had a bomb, officials said Thursday.

Passengers told of fearing for their lives, but Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said a Sri Lankan national, who appeared to have been drunk, was overpowered by the plane’s crew and later arrested.

“It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit,” he told AFP. Read more

Drunk in the cockpit

February 20, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

OTTAWA, 20 February 2017: Canada on Friday called on domestic airlines to ensure that pilots show up for work sober, following recent arrests for drunkenness in cockpits.

“As a commercial air carrier authorised to carry passengers in Canada, you have an obligation to ensure that flight crew members are fit to fly when requiring them to carry out such responsibilities,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a letter to carriers.

The minister said he was “very concerned” about an early morning incident in Calgary,  31 December, when a Sunwing pilot was found passed out drunk in his cockpit, with a hundred passengers on-board on a flight due to leave for Mexico. Read more

Drunk flyer faints

January 4, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

MONTREAL, 4 January 2017: A Sunwing pilot was arrested Saturday after being found intoxicated in a plane he was about to maneuver out of Calgary airport in western Canada.

The 37-year-old man was found drunk shortly after 0700 in the cockpit of the plane he was supposed to pilot to Cancun, Mexico.

Before the flight was schedule to take off, the crew and other airline staff noticed the pilot’s behaving strangely before he fainted in the cockpit. They then alerted the authorities. Read more