Emirates stood down one of its A380 pilots earlier this month, just before he was due to captain a flight from Perth to Dubai, after he refused to take an alcohol and drug test, according to a report in the West Australian.
The incident is said to have compelled more than 100 passengers to transfer to a later flight.
The newspaper quoted industry sources saying the problem arose when the co-pilot refused to fly with the captain “because of concerns about his condition”.
The captain then declined to take an alcohol and drug test, according to the paper, after which Emirates airport management stood him down and cancelled the flight.
The West Australian quoted an Emirates statement concerning the incident which referred only to “a medical issue” and read:
“Emirates can confirm that flight EK425 from Perth to Dubai on 9 October 2016 was cancelled due to operational reasons arising from a medical issue involving a crew member.
“Passengers were provided hotel accommodation and rebooked on EK421 with a delay of 16 hours.
“Emirates apologises for any inconvenience caused but the safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.”
Written by Peter Needham