Chicago-Bound Pilot Admits He Was Drunk

Pulled from his trans-Atlantic flight to Chicago shortly before takeoff

By Steve Bryant
|  Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010  |  Updated 1:06 PM CDT
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A United Airlines pilot who was pulled from his trans-Atlantic flight to Chicago shortly before takeoff has pleaded guilty to being above the alcohol limit for flying a plane.

Erwin Vermont Washington of Lakewood, Colo., was removed from UA Flight 949, due to fly from London's Heathrow Airport to Chicago in November, after a co-worker suspected him of being drunk.

The flight was canceled and the plane's 124 passengers were put on other flights

The 51-year-old pilot pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates Court near London on Tuesday. He was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced on Feb. 5.

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