Canadian police charged a Sunwing Airlines pilot with impairment after his co-pilot allegedly found him passed out over his seat in the cockpit before takeoff Saturday morning.
Before takeoff police said the gate crew as well as crew members on the Boeing 737 indicated he was behaving strangely as he boarded the flight from Calgary to Cancun, Mexico.
"They found him slumped over in the seat. He was the captain," Calgary Sgt. Paul Stacey told reporters.
The pilot, whose name hasn't been released, was escorted off the plane shortly after.
He was charged with having care and control of an aircraft while being impaired, as well as having a blood-alcohol level exceeding .08 while in control of an aircraft.
"Because he has as much alcohol in his system as he does, they're going to wait for him to sober up somewhat before he goes before a justice of the peace," Stacey explained.
Sunwing, which is a low-cost Canadian air carrier, posted a statement on its Facebook page after the incident occurred.
"We can confirm that shortly before 7 a.m. local time, the gate agents, first officer and crew of Sunwing flight 595, departing from Calgary and destined for Cancun, determined that the Captain was unfit to fly and reported this accordingly," the statement said.
The company noted it was able to secure a new captain for the flight, causing minimal delays.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.