Breath-test Flybe pilot will not be charged

A Flybe aircraft Image copyright Flybe
Image caption No charges will be brought against a Flybe pilot suspected of being over the alcohol limit

A pilot removed from a busy passenger plane on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit will not face charges, the BBC has learned.

The Flybe pilot was due to fly from Newquay to London Gatwick on an early morning service at the end of October.

He was taken from the flight deck for a breath test, arrested, and held at Newquay police station.

He will not face criminal charges but a Flybe investigation into what happened will continue.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed no further action was being taken against the man, who has not been named, but is 48 years old and from Crediton in Devon.

A police source told the BBC that officers were alerted after a fellow crew member became concerned.

The flight was cancelled and passengers faced delays of almost five hours.

In a statement, Flybe said: "We continue to investigate this matter, and therefore it is not appropriate for us to make any further comment at this stage."

For pilots, air crew and air traffic controllers the blood/alcohol limit is 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

For context, the drink-drive limit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg per 100ml, although Scotland has just lowered its limit to 50mg per 100ml.

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