Pilot Arrested For Drink-driving Flybe Plane
Just minutes before a Flybe plane was scheduled to take off from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick, a 48 year-old pilot from Crediton, Devon was escorted off the plane after suspicions that he was under the influence of alcohol.
Passengers were told that the pilot was feeling ‘unwell’ and they faced long delays, many missing connections due to the fact the flight was cancelled.
A Flybe spokesman said: “Flybe can confirm that one of its pilots volunteered to help the police with their inquiries at Newquay Airport.
“The airline is not able to comment further while the police investigation is taking place.”
For pilots, air crew and air traffic controllers the alcohol limit is 20mg per 100ml of blood. The drink drive limit in the UK for motorists is 80mg per 100ml of blood.
This effectively equates to around half a pint of beer and is virtually zero tolerance. The government are considering reducing the limit for drink driving to 50mg per 100ml of blood. During the discussions there were some suggestions that there should be a zero limit but in practical terms this wouldn’t work because peoples bodies naturally produce alcohol.
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