Flight crew prevents drunk pilot from taking off in Frankfurt

A drunk pilot who wanted to take off on a flight from Frankfurt to Colombo with more than 270 passengers on board was stopped by the cabin crew, according to a report from news site hessenschau.de on Sunday.

The SriLankan Airlines pilot arrived at work Friday already drunk, according to the news outlet, and wanted to fly 274 people to the Sri Lankan capital.

SriLankan Airlines apologized to customers for the incident in a statement on its website.

"Due to unavailability of a flight crew member, the aircraft was unable to leave Frankfurt as scheduled last afternoon," SriLankan said in the statement from Saturday.

The pilot has been suspended in the meantime, hessenschau said.

All passengers were forced to stay in Frankfurt overnight before the flight could continue on to Colombo the following day.

Last update: Sun, 21/08/2016 - 17:57

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