Suspected drunk pilot was escorted from the cockpit of a plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit on Wednesday.
The plane, headed for London’s Gatwick airport, was moments from taking off from Newquay in South West England.
The pilot was removed from the aircraft so that he could undergo a breath test after a fellow crew member alerted the police, according to the BBC.Passengers were told the pilot was unwell.
A police spokesman subsequently confirmed that a 48-year-old man from Crediton in neighbouring county Devon was arrested and taken to Newquay Police Station.
Flybe issued a statement saying: “Flybe can confirm that one of its pilots volunteered to help the police with their inquiries at Newquay Airport yesterday. The airline is not able to comment further while the police investigation is taking place.”
The blood/alcohol limit is significantly lower for pilots than drivers, at 20 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood as opposed to 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres.
Last year a pilot from Pakistan was jailed for nine months for being over the limit after being arrested at Leeds Bradford Airport in the cockpit of a Pakistan International Airlines plane bound for Islamabad.