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Passengers say there needs to be a testing system

Passengers arriving Newquay Airport give their reaction to a pilot's arrest on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit Credit: ITV News

Passengers arriving at Newquay Airport in Cornwall today have been reacting to the news that a pilot from Devon was arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit while preparing to fly.

"I turned off the news when I heard, flying is always a worry anyway"

"There needs to be a testing system put in place by those higher up"

– Flybe passengers

A 48 year old man, from Copplestone, near Crediton, Devon, was arrested on suspicion of over the prescribed limit for carrying out duties to prepare to fly yesterday (29 October). He has since been bailed until 8 December.

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Crew member raised concerns over pilot

The pilot was removed from his plane which was due to fly from Newquay to London Credit: PA

A Flybe pilot was taken off his passenger plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit just before he was due to take off.

The pilot was due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick on yesterday morning before he was removed for the breath test.

Police were alerted after a fellow crew member on the Exeter-based Flybe flight became concerned.

A 48 year old man, from Copplestone, near Crediton, Devon, was arrested and taken to Newquay police station.

He has since been bailed until 8 December.

Passengers were delayed by five hours.

Pilot arrested on suspicion of being over alcohol limit

Flybe plane on the tarmac at Newquay Airport Credit: ITV News

A Flybe pilot from Devon has been arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit while preparing to fly.

The 48-year-old pilot from Crediton was due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick on Wednesday morning when he was held.

The flight was then cancelled and passengers faced delays of up to five hours, with some missing connections.

The man has yet to be charged and was later released on police bail until December 8.

The pilot was due to fly from Newquay Airport when he was stopped Credit: ITV News

A Flybe spokesman said: "Flybe can confirm that one of its pilots volunteered to help the police with their inquiries at Newquay Airport yesterday.

"The airline is not able to comment further while the police investigation is taking place."

The alcohol limit for pilots, air crew and air traffic controllers is 20mg per 100ml of blood. The drink drive limit in the UK for motorists is 80mg per 100ml of blood.

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Flights delayed at Exeter and Newquay

Flights into and out of Exeter and Newquay airports are subject to delay caused by problems at the national air traffic control centre in Hampshire. But the disruption is not as great as that being experienced at major terminals including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

At Exeter, a flight from Belfast due to land at 0820 is not expected until 1030. The Paris departure scheduled for 0845 is now not expected to leave until 1130. The service to Amsterdam which was due to take off at 1015 is now due to leave at 1105.

At Newquay, there are delays to services to and from Gatwick. But both Newquay and Exeter are advising passengers to check in as normal.

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