A flydubai flight from Nepal bound to Dubai was delayed for nearly 11 hours on Sunday after one of its pilots was suspected to be intoxicated.
“Whilst reporting for duty, a pilot scheduled to operate FZ8018 from Kathmandu (KTM) to Dubai (DXB) was suspected by a colleague to be under the influence of alcohol. The crew member in question was immediately tested and discovered to have a blood alcohol level above the legally acceptable level, and was therefore immediately deemed unfit to fly,” the airline said in a statement.
The airline apologised for the delay, and stressed that it has a zero tolerance policy in such matters.
The carrier insisted that any employee suspected of consuming alcohol prior to flight duty must be tested.
“Flydubai has a zero tolerance policy on flight crew found to be in contravention of the regulations regarding alcohol consumption. In line with these stringent rules, we conduct random tests on our operational staff. We further insist that anyone suspected of consuming alcohol prior to flight duty must be tested,” the statement said.
Arrangements were made to enable passengers to continue their journey to Dubai as soon as possible. “We apologise for the delay to their travel plans but the safety of our passengers and crew remains our top priority,” it said.
The flight duration is around 5 hours.
Source Credit: Khaleej Times