Ukranian pilot suspected drunk at Stockholm airport

A Ukranian pilot who was due to fly 157 passengers from Stockholm to Tenerife on Tuesday was replaced at the last minute after ground crew smelled alcohol on his breath, Swedish media reported.

“The airline flew in a new pilot and the plane is expected to take off in the evening,” Stockholm-Arlanda airport spokesman Jan Lindqvist told news agency TT.

The Ukraine International Airlines airplane had stopped over in Stockholm for reloading and was due to fly on to Tenerife — one of Spain’s Canary Islands — when the incident occurred, TT said.

A blood test was taken from the pilot and he was later released, though he is suspected of violating air traffic regulations.