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Canadian North fires pilot for allegedly drinking

06/05/2012 02:22 EDT | Updated 08/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Canadian North has fired one of its pilots for allegedly drinking within 12 hours of reporting for duty.

The breach violates the airline's own policy as well as Canadian Aviation Regulations, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol within eight hours of reporting for crew duty.

In a news release, the president of Canadian North, Tracy Medve, said every pilot knows the rules about drinking.

"This is a fundamental obligation of a pilot for the privilege of holding a commercial pilot's licence and I am profoundly disappointed this individual chose to disregard these requirements," she said.

Medve added the airline is doing everything it can to ensure something like this does not happen again.

The pilot has not been named.

Airport security officer smelled alcohol

The Canadian North flight was grounded in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, last week.

A Transport Canada incident report says a security officer at the Iqaluit airport called the airline Thursday to report that a crew member on a flight to Qikiqtarjuaq via Pangnirtung smelled of alcohol.

The airline contacted the RCMP in Qikiqtarjuaq to ask that the flight be met on arrival.

After landing without incident, the crew member was taken to the local RCMP detachment for questioning.

A blood sample was authorized and taken. Charges are pending based on the results.

Aviation enforcement and the RCMP are co-operating in the investigation.

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