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American Airlines pilot arrested, suspected of being drunk

06:35 PM February 08, 2019

LONDON — Police say an American Airlines pilot has been arrested at Britain’s Manchester Airport on suspicion of being drunk.

The Greater Manchester Police force said Friday that police “received a report that an airline pilot may have been under the influence of alcohol” at the airport in northwestern England on Thursday morning. Officers arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of performing an aviation function while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

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Police say the man, whose name was not released, has been bailed pending further inquiries.

American Airlines confirmed that a member of its air crew was detained at the airport Thursday. It says the flight, AA735 to Philadelphia, was canceled and passengers rebooked on other flights.

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The airline says it is “fully cooperating with local law enforcement” over the incident. /gsg

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