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Passengers stranded after co-pilot ‘turns up drunk’

March 26, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

An international airline apologised yesterday after stranding over 100 passengers for three days at a German airport – after one of its co-pilots allegedly arrived unsteady on his feet and reeking of alcohol, forcing the cancellation of the flight.

The TAP Air Portugal flight was due to take off for Lisbon from the German city of Stuttgart on Friday evening, when an airport worker noticed the co-pilot swaying and smelling of alcohol.

The worker alerted airport authorities, who detained the plane on the ground.

An AFP report said the co-pilot was aged 40. It was not known whether he had been arrested or charged.

All 106 passengers were put up at hotels on Saturday night, German news agency DPA reported. It was the same on Sunday, with TAP tweeting yesterday that passengers would be unable to fly until today, Monday. This was the first day with available seats, it explained.

Police said later a man had been found in a “highly intoxicated condition” in the cockpit.

Written by Peter Needham

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