JAKARTA - Indonesian authorities have issued a warning to an airline
PT Citilink Indonesia after trending video circulated showing an intoxicated pilot from the low-cost carrier going through security and then sounding incoherent on the aircraft's public address system.
Citilink, said that the company had fired the pilot after a Dec 28 incident at Surabaya airport ahead of a flight to Jakarta and that two executives had offered to resign.
The pilot was replaced before the flight proceeded, according to a company statement.
They also asked Citilink's management to sanction the pilot who went on board the aircraft without going through the briefing room, missing checks on his fitness to fly.
The transportation ministry had sent a warning letter to Citilink and called for an internal investigation after finding that health checks and other procedures had not been followed according to regulations.
Citilink did not name the pilot but said in a statement that it had fired him after he had "ignored the flight safety and security procedures which could potentially endanger the security and safety of passengers and other crew members."
The widely circulated videos have caused alarm in Indonesia, which has had a patchy air safety record.
Indonesia has been trying to improve safety in its airline sector after a series of accidents. For a while, some carriers were barred from flying to the European Union and some other markets over safety concerns.
Citilink, fired the pilot immediately after the said report from the security
The Pictures of the drunk pilot