Singapore Airlines flight from Melbourne cancelled after pilot failed alcohol test

- A Monitor Report 17 Sep, 2018  |    -      +
Singapore: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from Melbourne to Wellington was cancelled on September15, following one of its pilots failed an alcohol test. \Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) had conducted a random drug and alcohol test on all crew members before the flight, and the pilot "did not pass the test due to having higher than suitable blood alcohol limit", said an SIA spokesperson in response to a media query.

"The pilot in question has been suspended from all operations until an investigation is undertaken," SIA added.

Flight SQ247 was scheduled to depart Melbourne at 7am local time on Saturday and arrive in Wellington at 12.20pm.

The return flight SQ248 on Saturday was also cancelled, said SIA.

A spokesperson from CASA confirmed with that there was a positive drug and alcohol test in Melbourne at the weekend. However, the authority said it does not comment on specific tests carried out or their results.

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