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'Drunk' Canadian pilots released on bail in Scotland

The two men were arrested and charged last week.

The pilots were due to fly an Air Transat plane carrying 250 passengers.
The pilots were due to fly an Air Transat plane carrying 250 passengers.
Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images

TWO CANADIAN PILOTS charged with being drunk and disorderly as they prepared to fly a passenger jet from Glasgow to Toronto have been released on bail by a Scottish court.

Jean-Francois Perreault, 39, and Imran Zafar Syed, 37, were arrested on 18 July as they were due to pilot an A310 plane, which carries up to 250 passengers, for Canada’s Air Transat.

In their first court appearance on 19 July they were remanded in custody, but in a second private hearing today they were bailed on condition they give up their passports.

Perreault, from Ontario, and Syed, from Toronto, were charged under transport safety legislation covering alcohol and drug limits in aviation.

They also face charges of threatening or abusive behaviour.

Air Transat pilots court case The two men are facing a range of charges. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

In a statement last week, Air Transat — which rescheduled the affected flight — said it has suspended both pilots pending an internal investigation.

“Canadian and European rules and regulations that we are subject to regarding alcohol consumption are very strict,” said president and general manager Jean-Francois Lemay.

Our own internal rules are even more stringent, and we do not tolerate any failure to comply.

© – AFP 2016

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