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Pilot charged after UK airport arrest

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Airline pilot stopped before boarding plane, police say
  • Pilot charged with being on duty while his blood-alcohol level was over the limit
  • Airline says pilot has been "removed from service" during investigation
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- British police said they stopped a United Airlines pilot from flying while intoxicated earlier this week, pulling him from a Boeing 767 aircraft at London's Heathrow airport and charging him with being on duty while his blood-alcohol level was over the limit.

Scotland Yard said that Erwin Vermont Washington, 51, was taken off the plane just before take-off Monday. Washington, of Lakewood, Colorado, has since been released on bail.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said that "the pilot has been removed from service" during an investigation.

"United's alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry, and we have no tolerance for violation of this well-established policy," she said.

Washington remains in the United Kingdom, Scotland Yard said.

 
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