An American Airlines pilot who was suspected of being drunk and was removed from the cockpit of a jet, not long before it was about to fly from England to Philadelphia International Airport, pleaded guilty to a charge overseas on Wednesday.
The pilot, David Copeland, appeared in Manchester Magistrates’ Court where he admitted to one count of performing an aviation function while impaired by alcohol.
The incident occurred Feb. 7. Copeland had been going through security and customs at Manchester Airport, when a security officer smelled alcohol on the pilot’s breath and reported it to police, the Manchester Evening News reported. Copeland was in the cockpit of an American Airlines plane bound for Philadelphia International Airport when security removed him.
At the time, Copeland told officers he had consumed alcohol 12 hours before the flight but only had consumed coffee 20 minutes before going through security.
Copeland reportedly blew a reading of 27 mg of alcohol. The legal limit for pilots is 20 mg per every 100 ml of blood.
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