A ‘drunk’ American Airlines pilot has been arrested at Manchester Airport – minutes before he was due to fly.
Flight AA735 was scheduled to depart for Philadelphia at 11.05am on Thursday but had to be cancelled.
A 62-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of “performing an aviation function while over the prescribed alcohol limit”, Greater Manchester Police said today.
The force said Friday that police “received a report that an airline pilot may have been under the influence of alcohol”.
He has been bailed, with American Airlines “fully co-operating with local law enforcement.
A GMP spokeswoman said: “Shortly before 11am today, police received a report that an airline pilot may have been under the influence of alcohol at Manchester Airport.
“Officers attended and a 62-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of performing an aviation function when over the prescribed limit of alcohol.