A few days ago a Citilink pilot showed up for work and probably shouldn’t have. He appeared to be drunk and struggled though an announcement to the passengers.
That audio is mostly crazy in that he made it on to the plane at all. There’s a video of him clearing security. With the caveat that I’m not 100% certain this is really the pilot in question (thought most everyone else seems to believe it is), the fact that this guy thought it was reasonable to go in to the airport at all is amazing to me.
— Peter Ellis (@peterjpellis) December 30, 2016
More disconcerting to me than the fact that he showed up and believed he could fly the plane is that no one else along the way seems to disagree with that assessment. He engages with multiple security guards and is wholly incoherent on the video. But they let him head through to the plane. At which point he would likely meet a gate agent to get out to the aircraft. And also meet with the other pilot and the flight attendants. Given the performance at security it seems unlikely that he would have appeared much more coherent at the gate than at the checkpoint. That no one stopped him along the way is bizarre and disappointing at many levels. This is not a case of a guy who had a beer 7 hours ago instead of 8 hours ago and just missed the cutoff. It is downright scary.
On the plus side, it appears he won’t get the opportunity to make that mistake again. Capt. Tekad Purna was suspended on Wednesday after the incident and fired on Friday according to reports.
Header image: Citilink A320 by Maarten Visser via Flickr CC-SA
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