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'Drunk' PIA pilot arrested at British airport

20 September, 2013

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LONDON: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot has been arrested at a British airport on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a plane, police said on Thursday.

Officers were called on Wednesday evening to the airport serving the northern English cities of Leeds and Bradford where they arrested a 54-year-old man from Pakistan, a statement from West Yorkshire Police said. The exact circumstances of the arrest were not entirely clear, although the pilot was not thought to be flying at the time.

"At about 10pm last night police were called to Leeds Bradford International Airport where they arrested an airline pilot on suspicion of carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function while impaired by drink," police said.

"The 54-year-old man, from Pakistan, is currently in custody." A PIA spokesman said, meanwhile, that the pilot had been "immediately grounded and suspended… upon violation of rules leading towards becoming unfit for flying". In a statement, he said the pilot was the captain of flight PK-776 from Leeds-Bradford to Islamabad.

Referring to another incident of indecent behaviour by three flight stewards in Manchester, the spokesman said the management has also suspended them.

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