Co-pilot on TAP Air Portugal flight seen walking unsteadily and smelling of alcohol, and has since had his flying licence suspended

A “highly intoxicated” pilot was removed from the cockpit of a flight, leaving more than 100 passengers stranded at Stuttgart airport.

The airline has since apologised for having to cancel the flight “due to the pilot’s incapacity”.

Police found the 40-year-old co-pilot in a “highly intoxicated condition” when they entered the cockpit on Friday evening, according to The Guardian.

The man’s co-pilot flying licence was immediately suspended by local prosecutors, and bail was fixed at €10,000 (£9,000).

The airline also stated it would “go through an internal investigation process and act accordingly, taking the necessary and consequent measures”.

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