Two 'drunk' pilots removed from plane just minutes before take-off

The incident happened at Glasgow Airport
The incident happened at Glasgow Airport

Two pilots were taken from a trans-Atlantic flight and arrested just minutes before they were due to take off on suspicion of being 'impaired through alcohol'.

The incident happened yesterday at Glasgow Airport as staff of the Air Transat flight alerted authorities to the pair before the plane with 250 passengers took off.

The two men, aged in their late 30s, were arrested by Glasgow police and they will appear in court in Paisley later.

A spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm two men aged 39 and 37 years have been arrested in relation to being allegedly impaired through alcohol under the Railway and Transport Safety Act 2003 (Section 93).”

The Canadian airline confirmed the arrest of its employees and said the flight had been reschedules and passengers put up in hotels.

A spokesman said: “Air Transat has learned of the arrest on July 18 of two crew members assigned to its Glasgow-Toronto flight.

“We will await the results of the investigation and judicial proceedings before commenting on the matter. The safety of our crews and passengers is, and will remain, a top priority at Air Transat.”