Pilot fired after slurred announcement

Budget airline Citilink is a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia

Budget airline Citilink is a subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia More

As the man arrives at the checkpoint wearing dark sunglasses, he drops his hat on the floor.

Some of them left the plane and asked for a replacement of the pilot they believed to be either drunk or under drug influence.

It shows three security staff helping him gather his belongings and picking up items he dropped, but doing nothing to stop him carrying on through the airport.

The clip purportedly shows captain Tekad Purna, a pilot for Indonesian low-priced airline Citilink, stumbling and repeatedly dropping his belongings as he went through security at Surabaya airport on Wednesday morning.

After hearing a garbled and slurred announcement from the cockpit, scared passengers reported the pilot, accusing him of being drunk or on drugs.

The pilot, identified as Tekad Purna, showed up for duty on Wednesday to fly a plane from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, to Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. The passengers noticed his condition after he reportedly gave an incoherent announcement. "I have to be responsible for that and therefore I and my production director resign".

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'The pilot in question has been suspended until the ongoing investigation is completed'.

In addition, Citilink President Director Albert Burhan and Operational Director Hadinoto Soedigno resigned, announcing the decision at a media conference called to brief the public on the scandalous incident.

Tekad was sacked on Friday after spending two days under suspension.

The airline said that Purna had indeed appeared "physically unfit", but the results of a medical test to determine whether or not he was over the legal limit of alcohol to pilot a plane will be issued in a week's time.

The incident has made such a stir it was brought up by Indonesia's House of Representatives on Friday.

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