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What Exactly Airlines Doing to You? Take 2

Posted by feww on November 11, 2009

Come Have a Drink With Our Pilots:  United

United Airlines suspends alleged “drunken” pilot

United Airlines said it has suspended the allegedly drunken pilot who was about to fly the Boeing 767-300, flight UA 949,  from London (Heathrow) to Chicago (O’Hare) airport with 124 passengers and 11 crew members on Monday.

United Airlines Boeing 767-300 (N644UA) lands at London Heathrow Airport, England, May 2009. Credit: Adrian Ringstone.

Senior pilot Erwin Vermont Washington, 51, of Lakewood, Colorado, was reportedly arrested on Monday after colleagues realized that he was tipsy. He was reported to the authorities, and was arrested by the airport police after he failed a breath test.

“The departure to Chicago was “imminent”, with 124 passengers on board and 11 members of crew, when police arrived at the airport.” UK’s Daily Telegraph reported.

“The incident is the second time in the past six months that a pilot set to fly from London to Chicago has been arrested for allegedly being drunk.”

United Airlines is the 5th unsafest airline on FEWW Airline Safety List.

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