United Pilot Arrested For Being Drunk Moments Before Take-Off

United Pilot Arrested For Being Drunk Moments Before Take-Off

reports a United Airlines pilot was arrested
at Heathrow Airport on Monday on suspicion of being drunk shortly before he was
scheduled to fly a transatlantic flight to Chicago, U.S.A.

The pilot – Erwin Washington, 51, from Lakewood, Colorado – was charged with
“performing an aviation function whilst exceeding the proscribed alcohol limit,”
a London police spokesman said.

He was due to fly a Boeing 767 aircraft with 124 passengers and 11 crew
members on board.

A United spokeswoman said the pilot had been suspended pending a full
investigation: “United’s alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry,
and we have no tolerance for violation of this well-established policy.”

According to , Washington must also appear before
magistrates in north London on November 20.

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