An American Airlines pilot has been arrested at Britain’s Manchester Airport on suspicion of being drunk.
The Greater Manchester Police force said it “received a report that an airline pilot may have been under the influence of alcohol” at the airport in north-western England on Thursday morning.
Officers arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of performing an aviation function while over the prescribed alcohol limit.
It is illegal for pilots in the UK to have more than 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in their system.
Police say the man, whose name was not released, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
American Airlines confirmed a member of its air crew was detained at the airport on Thursday.
It said the flight, AA735 to Philadelphia, was cancelled and passengers were rebooked on other flights.
The airline said it is “fully cooperating with local law enforcement” over the incident.
In November last year, a Japan Airlines pilot who reported for a London-to-Tokyo flight while almost 10 times over the alcohol limit was sentenced to 10 months in prison.