The 51-year-old man was detained at the airport and issued a spot fine of 3,400 euros after breath tests showed an alcohol content three times higher than the legal limit for flight crews.
“Because the aircraft was not allowed to leave without the co-pilot, the flight was canceled,” Dutch police said in a statement. The statement was issued at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The only flight that was cancelled on Sunday before that time was Delta flight 47, scheduled to depart at 9:15 a.m. for New York’s JFK airport, according to the airport.
Delta confirmed that flight #DL47 was canceled due to a crew duty issue.
“Customers on Delta flight 47 have been reaccommodated on an alternate flight with Delta’s apologies for the inconvenience,” the airline said in a statement.