Drink-charge pilot sacked by airline

An airline pilot accused of preparing to fly a plane full of passengers while drunk was sacked today.

An airline pilot accused of preparing to fly a plane full of passengers while drunk was sacked today.

Royal Brunei Airline captain Charles Eric Nicholls, 53, appeared before magistrates in Uxbridge, Britain yesterday.

He was charged with carrying out a flight preparation at Heathrow on July 1 while over the prescribed alcohol limit for pilots.

Nicholls, of Sovereign Harbour, North Uxbridge, west London, did not enter a plea and was granted unconditional bail until October 27.

Today, in a statement confirming the pilot’s dismissal, Nicholls’ employers said: “Following an incident at London’s Heathrow Airport on Thursday, July 1, 2004, Royal Brunei Airlines has held an internal disciplinary enquiry.

“The enquiry has resulted in the termination of Captain Nicholls’ employment with the company.

“He was found to be in contravention of both Royal Brunei Airlines’ employment regulations and also the company operational procedures as stipulated in the company operations manual.”

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