A Pilot Was Arrested in Canada for Passing Out Drunk in the Cockpit

Sunwing Airlines, Boeing 737
A Boeing 737 (737-800) jetiner, belonging to Canadian carrier Sunwing Airlines, lands in Calgary, Alberta on July 21, 2016. (Larry MacDougal via AP)
Larry MacDougal — AP

Canadian police said they have charged a pilot for Sunwing Airlines who allegedly showed up to the cockpit intoxicated on Saturday morning and passed out.

The pilot, Miroslav Gronych, was said to have behaved oddly before passing out in the cockpit shortly ahead of the scheduled takeoff time, according to crew. Two hours after his arrest, Calgary police say his blood alcohol level was triple the legal limit, CBC reports.

A spokesperson for Sunwing apologized for the incident and expressed appreciation for “our crew’s diligence in handling this very unfortunate matter.”

Gronych was charged with having care and control of an aircraft while impaired, as well as a second charge for having a blood alcohol level of .08 while having care and control of an aircraft. He has not yet commented publicly and is due in court later this week.


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