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British Airways pilot, allegedly drunk, taken off plane

Sussex police say they boarded a British Airways plane Thursday and arrested the 49-year-old  first officer "on suspicion of performing an aviation function when the level of alcohol was over the proscribed limit." (Photo by Lasse Fuss/CC 2.0 https://goo.gl/w5Ftxr)

Sussex police say they boarded a British Airways plane Thursday and arrested the 49-year-old first officer "on suspicion of performing an aviation function when the level of alcohol was over the proscribed limit." (Photo by Lasse Fuss/CC 2.0 https://goo.gl/w5Ftxr)

LONDON (AP) — A British Airways pilot has been removed from the cockpit of a flight amid fears he was drunk.

The Sun newspaper reported Saturday that police "rushed on the plane and headed straight for the cockpit. The first officer was cuffed and led away." The newspaper says worried airline workers alerted police before the flight left for Mauritius.

Sussex police say a 49-year-old man from west London has been arrested "on suspicion of performing an aviation function when the level of alcohol was over the proscribed limit."

The flight departed several hours late from Gatwick on Thursday after another crew member joined the flight.

BA apologized for the delay and said in a statement Saturday that it was "taking this matter extremely seriously and are assisting the police with their inquiries."