Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM ET
BUCHAREST -- Romanian airline Tarom canceled a flight to Bucharest because the pilot was suspected of being drunk before takeoff from London's Heathrow airport, it said on Friday.
In a story reminiscent of Denzel Washington's portrayal of flying under the influence of alcohol in the movie "Flight", British authorities refused permission for the pilot to take off in the Airbus A318 from Heathrow on Wednesday morning.
"We canceled the flight because one crew member was not physically fit to operate. His medical incapacity was tracked down in London during routine checks," the state-owned Romanian carrier Tarom said in a statement.
"The pilot returned home on Thursday and we suspended him from activity until the investigation is finalized.
"If official results we receive show he tested positive for alcohol, we'll immediately fire him," the airline said.
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