A Singapore Airlines pilot was suspended after he allegedly failed the alcohol test the morning he was supposed to fly an international flight.
The airline was forced to cancel the flight from Melbourne to Wellington in New Zealand on Saturday morning and the return flight on the same day.
A spokesman for the airline confirmed the last-minute cancellation to Daily Mail Australia regarding a "crew member who is considered unfit to fly."
"Officials from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority carried out a random drug and alcohol test of the entire crew before they began their pre-flight checks," he said.
A Singapore Airline pilot (stock image) was removed after he allegedly failed the alcohol test in the morning of flying an international flight
& # 39; The pilot in question did not pass the test due to having a blood alcohol limit higher than adequate.
According to Stuff, the pilot had flown in from Singapore and had a one or two day stopover in Melbourne before the scheduled flight.
He was retired, suspended from all duties and has since returned to Singapore, where a full investigation will take place.
"We will also work closely with the authorities in Australia and Singapore to ensure they receive the information they need," the spokesman said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Civil Aviation Safety Authority for more comments.
The stranded passengers were taken to social networks to express their anger.
Some flew to Wellington for the test match of the All Blacks Rugby Union against South Africa, including a disappointed fan who had traveled from Tokyo.
The Melbourne flight (pictured) to Wellington and his return flight were canceled at the last minute on Saturday
Do you mind trying to explain why your captain (that is, the person with the most experience on the plane) of SQ247 waits until the time of boarding to decide if he is too sick / drunk to fly? I will miss the allblacks rugby match for which I bought tickets and flew to WLG from NRT to watch, "he tweeted.
One person responded: "At least he has not flown! Better to be downstairs, wishing you were up there, to be up there wishing you were down here.
Another stranded passenger added: "Terrible service on your canceled flight from Melbourne to Wellington this morning, no options are offered to stranded customers except to call your useless reservation line! Hotel fares and taxi fares were lost by Not to mention a holiday day, horrible service.
An All Blacks fan had traveled from Japan for the international match in Wellington, which was lost due to the cancellation of his flight.
Another said they were stranded at the Melbourne airport for six hours.
Singapore Airlines apologized for the inconvenience caused.
"We sincerely apologize to those affected by the cancellation of these flights, but the safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority," the spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
"We have worked with clients whose trip was bothered to find suitable alternative travel arrangements as quickly as possible."