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American Airlines pilot arrested in the UK, suspected of being drunk



An American airline's pilot has been arrested at Britain's Manchester airport with suspicion of being drunk, police said Friday.

Police "received a report that an airline pilot may have been influenced by alcohol" at the northwest England airport on Thursday morning, said The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) force.

Officers arrested a 62-year-old man just before 11 am on Thursday, suspected of performing an aviation function while over the prescribed alcohol limit, Manchester Evening News reported.

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The man, whose name was not released, has since been bailed out pending further inquiries, a GMP spokesman told the withdrawal.

American Airlines confirmed that a member of their airfare was arrested at the airport on Thursday. It said the plane, AA735 to Philadelphia, was canceled and passengers rebooked on other flights.

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The airline said in a statement that "security is our top priority" and that it is "fully cooperating with local law enforcement" over the incident.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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