the Captain of Sunwing Airlines Flight set to fly to Cancun was found unconscious in the cockpit of his Boeing 737
37 year-old Miroslav Gronych — was escorted off the plane and taken into police custody.
The aircraft, was parked at Calgary International Airport when gate agents and members of the flight crew found Capt. Gronych behaving oddly before passing out in the cockpit.
According to Calgary Police, the Captain, a native of Slovakia, to be “severely impaired by alcohol.” claim Gronych had three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system
“The pilot has been charged with the following: 1) Having care and control of an aircraft while impaired
2)Having care and control of an aircraft over .08 (or exceeding 80 mgs of alcohol per 100mL of blood),” The Calgary Police Service announced in a statement.
The incident, which took place shortly before 7 a.m. local time, caused a delay while Sunwing Airlines worked to procure a replacement captain. There were 99 passengers and six crew members (including Gronych) on board the aircraft at the time of the incident.