LIAT pilot tests negative for alcohol use

Regional airline LIAT has strongly refuted a recent claim made by a passenger onboard a St Vincent flight that one of its pilots was operating under the influence of alcohol.

Prior to departure from the Grantley Adams International Airport last Tuesday, the passenger reported smelling alcohol on the pilot in question.

However, in a statement issued today on the incident, the Antigua-based carrier strongly refuted the allegation, saying its record of safety and training was of the highest standard.

The company also pointed out that shortly after the allegation was made, the pilot, whose name has not been released, voluntarily submitted to independent testing by medical professionals in


“As expected, all results were negative,” the LIAT statement said.

However, Tuesday’s incident forced the cancellation of the St Vincent flight as some passengers and staff were required to submit formal reports to the relevant authorities.

“LIAT sincerely regrets the disruption of its flight and wishes to assure its passengers that the company, its staff and its crew will continue to operate and

serve the travelling public,” the company’s statement added.

5 Responses to LIAT pilot tests negative for alcohol use

  1. Kobie A Broomes
    Kobie A Broomes December 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Ansuni Hall

  2. Shirlyne Joseph
    Shirlyne Joseph December 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    He maybe used mouthwash and it smelled like alcohol

  3. Kathy Griffith
    Kathy Griffith December 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Better today than Friday

  4. Claudette Thomas December 21, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Look whenever I hear anything negative about Liat my heart aches, there is not a better crew than we have at liat. Never a dull moment. Thats our airline and in order for it to be better we the passengers must act as though we are civilized. Safety if first when it comes to liat. There is always a reason for a delayed flight.

    Its time enough for us a caribbean people to start appreciating who and what we have. Cudos the the liat team. You will always be my airline as long as you are flying.


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