Captain Miroslav Gronych, 37, a Slovakian immigrant who works as a commercial airplane pilot in Canada, was found drunkenly slumped over in the cockpit of a plane with three times the legal alcohol limit in his system before take off. Gronych was designated to pilot a Mexico-bound Sunwing aircraft in Calgary airport on Saturday when crew members noticed his strange behavior.
With a hundred passengers on board, crew members informed the co-pilot about Gronych, according to Staff Sergeant Paul Stacey. That’s when they found Gronych, who is in Canada on a visa, passed out in the pilot’s chair. The impaired captain was taken off the plane by law enforcement. He will be charged by Canadian transportation authorities for the disorderly incident, specifically for attempting to control an aircraft while being impaired over the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08.
Miroslav is expected in court later this week, as the department reviews Gronych’s records to possibly “issue fines and revoke licenses,” according to a spokesman. Since the incident, the airline has published a formal apology.
“We are very appreciative of our crew’s diligence in handling this very unfortunate matter,” Sunwing said in a statement. “We are very apologetic for any upset that this has caused and would like to assure our customers that safety remains our utmost priority.”
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