A 49-year-old man from west London was arrested on suspicion of performing an aviation function while his alcohol level was over the prescribed limit.
A police investigation is under way after a pilot was removed from a British Airways plane at Gatwick Airport and arrested for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol.
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However, some 33 passengers were left waiting at the gate while the airline sought another pilot to get them on their way.
“He was taken into police custody and has now been released under investigation.”
“We are sorry for the delay to our customers. The aircraft remained at the gate until an alternative third pilot joined the flight crew.