UK Cops Pull Suspected Drunk Pilot Off United Jet

London-Chicago flight canceled; Erwin Washington in custody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 10, 2009 6:33 PM CST
United Airlines aircraft.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – British police pulled a United Airlines pilot off a Chicago-bound plane today at Heathrow airport and charged him with being over the alcohol limit while on the job. Police and airline officials say Erwin Vermont Washington, 51, was pulled from United Airlines Flight 949 after a co-worker suspected him of being drunk. The flight was canceled and the plane's 124 passengers were put on other flights.