In a letter addressed to Ranaweera, H.M.C. Nimalasiri, the Director General of Civil Aviation and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority said that the Airline Transport Pilot License Number ATPL/A/267 issued to Ranaweera was suspended with immediate effect pending further investigations.
Nimalsiri pointed out that the pilot had contravened stipulations by allegedly consuming alcohol or psychoactive substances.
Nimalsiri has also ordered Ranaweera to show cause within seven days as to why his license should not be cancelled.
On August 19, the SriLankan Airlines’ flight UL 554 scheduled to depart from Frankfurt Germany experienced a lengthy delay as the Pilot-In-Command Capt. Ranaweera failed a breathalyzer test at the airport prior to departure. A total of 259 passengers on board inconvenienced by this delay stand to be compensated 600 euro each. The flight eventually departed for Colombo 15 hours later.