Pilot fails breath test and arrested before Bristol to Cork flight
A PILOT was arrested after failing a breath test yesterday - just before he was due to fly a plane from Bristol to Cork.
Airport staff at the English regional airport called police when they saw the unnamed pilot walk through the passenger security gate rather than the crew entrance.
Police arrived at Bristol Airport about 5.30pm, on Thursday, to breathalyse the pilot, according to the Daily Mirror.
The pilot failed the test.
The airline had to find another pilot and crew to fly the ATR72 plane to Cork. The 24 passengers were told the delay was due to a “technical problem”.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police told the Daily Mail:
‘'He was taken to a nearby station and a second test was carried out, which he passed. No offences were disclosed and the man has been released with no further action being taken.'’
The legal drink-drive limit for pilots is a quarter of that for motorists. The legal limit for pilots is nine microgrammes of alcohol in breath, compared to 35 for motorists.
A spokesman for Aer Arran, the Dublin-based company which runs the Aer Lingus regional flight, said: ‘'We are investigating. Safety is and always will be our utmost priority.
‘‘We are taking this matter very seriously and a thorough investigation has already started. There are checks and systems in place and this particular pilot did not actually fly any aircraft.'