Pilot arrested a few minutes before takeoff

An American Airlines pilot has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk a few minutes before he was scheduled to take off from the UK’s Manchester Airport.

Officers were called shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday after receiving a report that a pilot “may have been under the influence of alcohol,” according to a statement from Greater Manchester Police.
A 62-year-old man was arrested and has been bailed pending further inquiries, police said.
The unnamed pilot was due to fly from Manchester to Philadelphia at 11:05 a.m. (6:05 a.m. ET), but flight AA735 was canceled in the wake of his arrest, according to the UK’s Press Association news agency.
In a statement, American Airlines confirmed an employee had been detained, adding: “Safety is our highest priority and we apologize to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans.”
Passengers on the affected flight were rebooked on alternative flights, the airline said.

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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