Two United Pilots Arrested For Attempted Drunk Flying


Authorities in Scotland removed two United Airlines pilots from a Newark-bound flight Saturday and charged them with being intoxicated.According to news reports, police charged Carlos Licona, 45, and Paul Grebnc, 35, with violation of the U.K.’s transport safety laws. The pilots were about to depart Glasgow en route to Newark’s Liberty International Airport. There were 141 passengers aboard the westbound flight who were delayed about 10 hours while a new crew was rounded up.

“We can confirm that two men aged 35 and 45 have been arrested and are presently detained in police custody in connection with alleged offences under the Railways and Transport Safety Act,” a police report said. They were expected to appear in court Monday morning.

“The two pilots have been removed from service and their flying duties,” United spokeswoman Erin Benson told ABC News on Sunday. “We are cooperating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation as well. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority.” Earlier this month, two Canadianpilots of an Air Transat flight were arrested at Glasgow Airport and charged with attempting to fly while intoxicated.