Drunk Pilot Caught Just Before Take-Off

Was 4.5 times the legal limit to fly
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2013 3:42 PM CDT
Drunk Pilot Caught Just Before Take-Off
A Pakistani International Airline plane.   (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

(Newser) – A drunk Pakistani pilot was arrested in the cockpit of his plane this week, just before he was scheduled to fly out of a British airport. Irfan Faiz, a 54-year-old pilot with Pakistan International Airlines, was four-and-a-half times over the legal blood-alcohol limit to fly when he was grounded and taken into custody at Leeds Bradford Airport on Wednesday, reports the BBC.

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According to the Daily Mirror, police boarded the Airbus 310 Faiz was set to fly to Islamabad as he was carrying out pre-flight checks, and asked him to take a breath test. Faiz has since pleaded guilty to being drunk, and will appear again in court in October, the BBC reports. (Read more pilot stories.)

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