Two Russian pilots fired for attempting to fly drunk

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By Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia – Pobeda, VQ-BTD, Boeing 737-8MA, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Two Pobeda airlines pilots tested positive for alcohol in late May ahead of a 4,000-kilometer flight from central Russia’s Surgut to Makhachkala in the North Caucasus, Interfax reported.

“Pobeda has absolutely zero tolerance for employees who allow themselves alcohol even off the clock,”

Interfax quoted the airline’s chief Andrei Kalmykov.

The two crew members’ second tests contained a higher blood alcohol content than the first.

“This could have only happened if the pilots downed two or three beers ahead of the medical screening,”

it wrote.

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