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British Airways pilot taken off plane 'amid fears he was drunk'

The flight departed several hours late from Gatwick on Thursday.

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A BRITISH AIRWAYS pilot has been removed from the cockpit of a flight amid fears he was drunk.

The Sun newspaper reported today that police “rushed on the plane and headed straight for the cockpit. The first officer was cuffed and led away”.

The newspaper says worried airline workers alerted police before the flight left for Mauritius.

Sussex police say a 49-year-old man from west London has been arrested “on suspicion of performing an aviation function when the level of alcohol was over the proscribed limit.”

The flight departed several hours late from Gatwick on Thursday after another crew member joined the flight.

BA apologised for the delay and said in a statement today that it was “taking this matter extremely seriously and are assisting the police with their inquiries”.

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