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Fly Russia’s Drunken Skies?

Think about this next time you consider getting on a plane piloted by Russians, if you are ever foolish enough to do so. The Moscow Times reports:

When passengers on Aeroflot Flight 315 heard the pilot make his preflight announcement, they knew something was amiss. The pilot’s voice was garbled, barely intelligible — and that was in his native Russian. When he switched to English, it was impossible to understand him at all. “The first thought that occurred to me was, ‘This guy is drunk,'” said Khatuna Kobiashvili, a passenger on the Moscow-New York flight. “His speech was so slurred it was hard to tell what language he was speaking.”

As passengers, including a Moscow Times reporter, related their concerns to the flight crew, they were told to “stop making trouble” or get off the Boeing 767 jet. A passenger who called Aeroflot’s head office received a similar rebuff. “They told me that it was impossible for a pilot to be drunk and hung up the phone,” said the passenger, Tatyana Vorontsova.

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