'Drunk' pilot removed from British Airways plane

Lloyd Doyle
January 20, 2018

ARMED police hauled a pilot from a packed British Airways flight seconds from take-off amid fears he was drunk.

The 49-year-old pilot from West Drayton, London was arrested in Gatwick Airport on a flight bound for Mauritius.

Cops rushed onto the plane and headed straight for the cockpit.

Airline colleagues believing they could smell booze on him dialled 999 anxious about the safety of up to 300 passengers and crew.

A source told the Sun that the first officer was led away in handcuffs in front of shocked passengers on Thursday evening (January 18).

He was arrested moments before an 11 hour plane journey.

. Flight BA 2063 was scheduled to leave Gatwick's South Terminal at 8.20pm but left later that evening at 11pm, according to official flight records.

The airline said it was taking the incident "extremely seriously" and apologised to customers for the almost 40-minute delay to the 10.20pm flight.

He remained in custody yesterday.

A statement said: "We're taking this matter extremely seriously and are assisting police with their inquiries".

'We are sorry for the delay to our customers.

The flight departed several hours late after another crew member joined the flight.

'The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority'.

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