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Court date put over for Sunwing pilot charged with alcohol impairment in Calgary

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WATCH: The court case of a Sunwing Airlines pilot who Calgary police tested at three times the legal alcohol limit after he was removed from the cockpit is scheduled for Thursday morning. David Boushy reports. – Jan 5, 2017

The court case of a Sunwing Airlines pilot who Calgary police say tested at three times the legal alcohol limit after he was removed from the cockpit has been put over.

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Miroslav Gronych, a Slovakian national in Canada on a work visa, was escorted from the aircraft Dec. 31 after the gate crew and the co-pilot noticed odd behaviour and alerted police.

On Thursday, his lawyer, Susan Karpa, appeared at the Case Management Office in Calgary, at which time the case was put over until Jan. 25.

Gronych did not appear in person and no plea was entered.

Watch below: Miroslav Gronych, 37, has a Jan. 5 court date, arrested after police said his blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Reid Fiest reports.

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Gronych is charged with having care and control of an aircraft while impaired and having care and control of an aircraft while having a blood alcohol level over .08 (or exceeding 80 mgs of alcohol per 100mL of blood).

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He was released on $1,000 bail and had to surrender his passport. He was also suspended from flying any other aircraft in Canada.

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“This is the first such incident that has occurred in our 11-year history as an airline,” Sunwing spokesperson Jacqueline Grossman said in a previous statement.

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With files from Reid Fiest

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