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Two pilots have been arrested after claims they were drunk on a flight from Glasgow to Toronto with 300 people on board, Imran Zafar Syed, 37, and Jean Franco Perrault, 39, were taken off the flight before they had the chance to pilot the plane, staff called the police after concerns the pilots were ‘impaired through alcohol’.
Police took them out in handcuffs and charged them with ‘impaired through alcohol’.
From the Daily Mail:
They were also charged with using threatening and abusive behaviour when they appeared in the dock separately, wearing white, open-ended shirts, represented by Union-appointed solicitors.
Procurator Fiscal depute Fiona Holligan said the Crown opposed bail for both men, who are thought to be a flight risk.
Sheriff Susan Sinclair remanded them in custody and continued the case against the for prosecutors to investigate further.
Passengers on board the plane were allegedly told the flight was cancelled ‘due to operational reasons’ – and only found out the two men were ‘drunk’ following reports this morning.
A source told The Daily Record: ‘It’s believed the pilots and other cabin crew were on the plane and had started to do their checks and prepare for boarding.
‘It’s claimed other members of staff noticed their behaviour was odd and reported them to the police because they thought they’d been drinking.
‘Obviously you can never take any chances with that kind of thing and the cops soon arrived on the aircraft to investigate.’
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