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Pilot dies in Newquay Airport crash

A pilot has been killed after crash landing his airplane at Newquay Airport.

The man, who had been flying a twin-engined light aircraft from London to Cornwall crashed on council owned land close to the runway, on Monday evening.

The airport was closed following the fatal crash at around 7.35pm and only reopened at 6am this morning.

Emergency services attended but, despite best efforts, the pilot, believed to be from Cornwall, could not be saved. No-one else is thought to have been involved.

His next of kin have been informed.

'Serious incident' involving light aircraft at Newquay Airport

Serious incident at Newquay Airport Credit: ITV News

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been called in to investigate a serious incident at Newquay Airport involving a light aircraft. Full details aren't yet known. It happened at around 7.35pm yesterday. The airport re-opened at around 6am this morning.

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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.

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.

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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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