By: Steve Dellar | 04-20-2018 | News
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UK - British Airways Pilot Four Times Over Alcohol Limit Hauled From 300-Person Plane ​

A senior British Airways pilot appeared in court today where the surprised jury was told the details of what went on just before a 12-hour flight destined to Mauritius on 20 January of this year.

Much like in the 2012 movie ‘Flight’ featuring Denzel Washington, real-life pilot Mr Julian Monaghan, who had been flying for several decades for British Airways, had, according to social media insiders, always had a reputation of being somewhat of a ‘drinker’, but when he arrived on board a packed Boeing 777 smelling of alcohol and with 300 people sitting just before a 12 hour flight, his stressed cabin crew called 999 and Mr Monaghan was hauled off the plane by police a bit later, handcuffed and arrested.

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In the end, the plane left with a 2-hour delay and many apologies form British Airways.

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Sussex Police declared: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised a charge of being over the alcohol limit on board an aircraft.”

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“Julian Monaghan was arrested at Gatwick Airport’s north terminal on suspicion of performing an aviation function when the level of alcohol was over the prescribed limit.”

“He is charged with having 86mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.”

While the drink-drive limit is 80mg, the limit for pilots is only 20mg, meaning he was four times over.

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A British Airways statement read: “We have taken this matter extremely seriously, and will continue to assist the police with their inquiries. The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority. Julian Monaghan no longer works for the airline.”


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Anonymous No. 23591 2018-04-20 : 11:54

I thought that's why they have 2 pilots.

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