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  • A 62-year-old American Airlines pilot was arrested at Britain's Manchester Airport on Thursday morning after it was suspected he was drunk, the Associated Press first reported.
  • American Airlines confirmed to Business Insider that a pilot was arrested at Manchester Airport on Thursday morning after being suspected of excessive alcohol consumption.
  • The Greater Manchester Police told Business Insider it arrested an airline pilot "on suspicion of performing an aviation function when over the prescribed limit of alcohol," but did not specify the pilot's employer.


An American Airlines pilot was arrested at Britain's Manchester Airport on Thursday morning after it was suspected he was drunk, the Associated Press first reported.

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American Airlines confirmed to Business Insider that a pilot was arrested at Manchester Airport on Thursday morning after being suspected of excessive alcohol consumption. The pilot was scheduled to work on a flight to Philadelphia, which was cancelled. Passengers were booked on different flights, American Airlines said, and the airline is cooperating with local authorities.

"Safety is our highest priority and we apologise to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans," the airline said in a statement.

The Greater Manchester Police told Business Insider it arrested an airline pilot "on suspicion of performing an aviation function when over the prescribed limit of alcohol," but did not specify the pilot's employer.

The pilot has been released on bail as further inquiries are made, the Greater Manchester Police said.

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