SriLankan flight delay: License of pilot suspended

SriLankan flight delay: License of pilot suspended

License of SriLankan Airlines pilot has been suspended by the Director General of the Civil Aviation pending an investigation into his failed alcohol test, a statement said today.

SriLankan airlines had earlier suspended the service of pilot who was to operate flight from Frankfurt to Colombo causing delay after failing alcohol test, it was reported. 

“SriLankan Airlines confirmed that one of its Captains who was due to operate UL554  Frankfurt  to Colombo on Friday 19thAugust failed to pass a Breathalyzer, (alcohol test) carried out by  the Authorities  at Frankfurt  Airport in Germany. Upon receiving the results SriLankan Airlines took immediate steps to suspend  the services of the said captain and took alternative measures to operate the flight to Colombo.

SriLankan Airlines has a well-established strict substance abuse policy that is designed to put the safety of our customers and employees first.  The Airline has no tolerance for abuse or violations of this policy and accordingly the Airline will  thoroughly investigate this matter, whilst extending its fullest co-operation to the law enforcement authorities in Germany. 

The crew member concerned has been suspended and will be withheld from operating services pending the outcome of the investigation. SriLankan Airlines would like to reassure its customers that the safety of passengers and crew are the paramount consideration of the Airline and will not be compromised under any circumstances,” SriLankan Airlines said in a statement.