The Tirana-Bologna scheduled flight of the Blue Panorama airline was blocked yesterday morning, because the Spanish commander of the plane, of 47 years, had consumed alcohol above the expected limit, as reported by many local media and not .
The report came from the same crew members of the airline, who immediately turned to the police. At the request of the airline, the police then tested the commander for the alcohol test.
Official airport sources told Report TV and Shqiptarja.com, that 200 was present in the plane ready for take-off when the commander was found to be drunk. In that situation the flight was temporarily canceled, and 5 postponed hours waiting for another commander.
Police intervention has prevented an unprecedented situation in the history of Albanian aviation. The pilot will be investigated even if he has not yet been arrested (Albanian law does not provide it); in the meantime, however, he was immediately fired by the Blue Panorama company.
Episodes of this kind are rare but nevertheless have already happened in different parts of the world. The 21 January 2018, the British police managed to avoid the tragedy by arresting one of the British Airways pilots drunk before departure.
Even in that case the report came from the crew on board. The plane, a Boing 777 with 300 passengers that was due to take off at 20: 20, took the eleven-hour flight to Mauritius at around 23: 30.
"The commander was arrested and taken away. Some passengers were shocked, it's terrible to think about what could have happened. ”- then said a witness. As reported by one of the company executives, British Airways collaborated very seriously and in close contact with the British police. The pilot, a 49enne from London, was arrested and subsequently convicted.
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