American Airlines Cancels Flight Because Pilot 'Appeared Drunk' Before Takeoff
An American Airlines flight was canceled shortly before takeoff on Thursday after the pilot allegedly showed up visibly intoxicated.
A statement from the Greater Manchester Police said that “a 62-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of performing an aviation function when over the prescribed limit of alcohol." According to police, the pilot was “bailed pending further inquiries.”
"The employee was detained and the flight, AA735 to Philadelphia, has been canceled," the airline said in a statement, according to USA Today. "We have rebooked (passengers) on alternative flights."
The airline said that it is "fully cooperating with local law enforcement" on the investigation.
According to CNN, pilots in the U.K. are allowed to have up to 20 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or about 0.02 percent blood alcohol content (BAC).
Recently, there have been a string of high-profile incidents involving pilots showing up drunk to fly.
Last month, according to The Independent, a pilot for All Nippon Airways delayed five flights after he showed up to work after drinking within 12 hours of takeoff (which is against company policy).
In December, Japan Airlines asked all employees to refrain from drinking until the end of the year after several employees, including a pilot, were found to have been drunk while working flights. According to CNN, The pilot’s blood alcohol content was 10 times the legal limit shortly before his scheduled takeoff (the flight never left the airport). He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Last year, an Alaska Airlines pilot was sentenced to one year in federal prison after admitting that he operated a flight with more than 80 passengers aboard while intoxicated.