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.