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Pilot arrested for ‘having too much alcohol in his system’ after landing at Norwich Airport

Bombardier challenger 601. Picture: Supplied

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A pilot is due in court next month accused of having too much alcohol in his system when he landed a plane at Norwich International Airport.

2014: Norwich Airport is bought by Sir Peter Rigby of the Rigby Group for an undisclosed sum.2014: Norwich Airport is bought by Sir Peter Rigby of the Rigby Group for an undisclosed sum.

Ian Jennings was charged with an offence under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 after police boarded a private charter aircraft at the airport yesterday.

Police said the 47-year-old, from Gosport, Hampshire, was charged with performing an aviation function when the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limit when it landed at the Business Aviation Centre just before 1pm.

The plane is believed to be a Canadair CL601-3A Challenger.

He has been released on bail until he appears at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 13.

Under the act the offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

No-one was available to comment from the airport.

Meanwhile, a Flybe pilot has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Cornwall.

The pilot had been due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick yesterday morning when he was held.

The flight was then cancelled and passengers faced delays, with some missing connections.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “A 48-year-old man from Crediton, Devon, was arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit.

“He was taken to Newquay police station. He has been released on police bail until December 8.”

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.”

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

Do you have a story for us? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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