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November 11th, 2009
08:21 AM ET

Police: Drunk pilot arrested pre-flight

LONDON, England (CNN) - British police said they stopped a United Airlines pilot from flying while intoxicated earlier this week, pulling him from a Boeing 767 aircraft at London's Heathrow airport and charging him with being on duty while his blood-alcohol level was over the limit.

Scotland Yard said that Erwin Vermont Washington, 51, was taken off the plane just before take-off Monday. Washington, of Lakewood, Colorado, has since been released on bail.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said that "the pilot has been removed from service" during an investigation.

"United's alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry, and we have no tolerance for violation of this well-established policy," she said.

Washington remains in the United Kingdom, Scotland Yard said.

Filed under: Airline safety
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Mitchell

    If it was a result of "medical marijuana" in progressive California would it had been a crime or would everyone understand and he be given a pass.

    November 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  2. Marg

    Why is he still in the UK? Is that Scotland Yard's decision or United Airlines?

    November 11, 2009 at 10:00 am |