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United Pilot Arrested For Being Drunk Moments Before Take-Off

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reports a United Airlines pilot was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Monday on suspicion of being drunk shortly before he was scheduled to fly a transatlantic flight to Chicago, U.S.A.

The pilot - Erwin Washington, 51, from Lakewood, Colorado - was charged with "performing an aviation function whilst exceeding the proscribed alcohol limit," a London police spokesman said.

He was due to fly a Boeing 767 aircraft with 124 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

A United spokeswoman said the pilot had been suspended pending a full investigation: "United's alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry, and we have no tolerance for violation of this well-established policy."

According to , Washington must also appear before magistrates in north London on November 20.

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