Boozed U.S. pilot hauled off after giving wrong destination

November 6th, 2010 - 4:01 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 6 (ANI): A boozy US pilot has been hauled off a jet after naming the wrong city as his destination.

First Officer George La Perle, 48, was said to have given off a whiff of alcohol as he told Heathrow security guards he was flying to New York, reports the Sun.

Cops followed him and found him boarding a US plane with 213 passengers bound for Detroit - nearly 500 miles away from the Big Apple.

La Perle, who was found in the cockpit with his laces undone, was taken off the Delta Air Lines Boeing 767 as it sat on the tarmac at Terminal 4.

The pilot was said to have given a reading of 89mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The limit for pilots is 20mg, a quarter of the maximum for drivers. The case was adjourned until November 16.

Delta Air Lines said La Perle, of Boston, had been suspended.

Scotland Yard said, “He is charged with performing an aviation duty while exceeding the alcohol limit.” (ANI)

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