Two United Airlines pilots are set up to appear in a court in Glasgow, Scotland Monday on charges that they were intoxicated soon before they were scheduled to fly more than 140 passengers to the United States.
CBS New York reported that the flight to Newark, New Jersey was postponed for 10 hours while a new crew was brought in to make the flight.
A representative for the airline company said the pilots have actually been relieved of their flying responsibilities which Chicago-based United is working together with authorities along with conducting its own examination.
” The two pilots have actually been removed from service and their flying duties,” Erin Benson, a spokesperson for United Airlines, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “We are cooperating with the authorities and will conduct our own examination as well. The safety of our clients and crew is our highest priority.”
The pilots, aged 35 and 45, are believed to be American citizens, according to the reports.
They are anticipated to be charged under Scotland’s Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, Section 93, which relates to performing aviation-related functions while exceeding the recommended limitation of alcohol.
On July 18, two Canadian pilots were detained on comparable charges at the Glasgow airport. Jean-Francois Perreault, 39, and Zafar Syed, 37, were also charged with alcohol problems under the act.
They were charged with intoxication before they were set to fly an Air Transat aircraft with 345 guests onboard to Toronto.