Pilot from Gosport arrested on suspicion of drink-flying

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A pilot has been arrested on suspicion of flying and landing a plane with too much alcohol in his system.

Ian Jennings was met by Norfolk police at Norwich Airport on Thursday afternoon after landing the commercial chartered plane.

Police confirmed the 47-year-old from Gale Moor Avenue, Gosport has been charged with performing an aviation function when the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limit.

According to Norwich Airport the plane Mr Jennings was flying was a CL601-3A Challenger, privately owned.

Mr Jennings was released on bail and will appear at Norwich Magistrates Court on November 13.

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

The arrest comes just three days after another pilot was arrested for drink driving.

A 48-year-old Flybe pilot was arrested and released on bail before he was due to fly a passenger plane from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick.

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