Pilots due in court accused of being intoxicated before flight

06 Août, 2019, 19:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

The men, aged 61 and 45, were arrested by police on suspicion of being under the influence of drink or drugs before the United Airlines flight on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said: "This morning Police Scotland did attend before the United Airlines flight UA162, going to Newark".

The other pilot, 45, who was arrested for allegedly failing a breath test ahead of the same flight was released without charge before the hearing. "We hold all of our employees to the highest standards and have a strict, no tolerance policy for alcohol", Guerin added.

"These pilots were immediately removed from service and we are fully cooperating with local authorities".

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According to Police Scotland the men remain in custody with an initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday 6 August, where both men will be tried for offences under the UK Railways and Transport Safety Act.

Last October, a pilot for Japan Airlines was arrested at London Heathrow after proving to be 10 times over the alcohol limit.

The law states the alcohol limit for pilots is nine micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - less than half the 22 micrograms limit for drivers in Scotland.

Pilots in the past have faced serious consequences for getting drunk on the job.

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