A British Airways pilot was faraway from a aircraft shortly earlier than its takeoff on suspicion of being drunk, British media reported on the weekend.
Having acquired a report from a cabin crew member who allegedly smelt alcohol within the cockpit, police rushed onto the Boeing 777 and led the 49-year-old man from the aircraft, reported The Sun.
The incident occurred on Thursday at Gatwick Airport in London.
The man was arrested and remained in custody as of Friday night time, mentioned CNN.
The flight was scheduled to depart at eight:20 p.m. native time from Gatwick to Mauritius, however the incident delayed its departure by greater than two hours.
Passengers had been aghast on the surprising drama. “A number of passengers were open-mouthed,” an airline supply informed The Sun. “It’s terrifying to think what might’ve happened.”
A British Airways spokesman mentioned the corporate was “taking the matter extremely seriously and are assisting the police with their inquiries.”
“We are sorry for the delay to our customers,” the spokesman mentioned.
“The aircraft remained at the gate until an alternative third pilot joined the flight crew. The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority,” he added.