Saturday 23 September 2017

Pilot suspended in drinking probe

By Matthew Cooper

AN airline pilot has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of being over the legal alcohol limit.

The 51-year-old man, who works for holiday airline Thomson Airways, was detained by West Midlands Police at Birmingham Airport on Sunday February 10.

Although the pilot has since been told he will face no further police action, Thomson is carrying out its own investigation into the incident.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Thomson Airways is aware that allegations of an aviation offence brought against one of our pilots have been dropped.

"However, we are continuing to conduct an internal investigation into the situation, and the pilot in question has been suspended.

"We are not able to comment further until our investigations are complete."

The pilot, who has not been named, was initially released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested inside the airport on suspicion of being unfit to perform aviation duties due to drink.

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