Flight Cancelled After Both Pilots Fail Alcohol Breath Test

Two pilots have been arrested after allegedly failing breath tests before their flight from Scotland's Glasgow Airport.

The two men were arrested by police on suspicion of being under the influence of drink or drugs before boarding a United Airlines flight to America.

The flight, number UA162 to Newark in New Jersey, was due to leave Glasgow Airport at 9am on Saturday but was cancelled after the pair's arrest.

Both men are pilots, aged 61 and 45, a Police Scotland spokesman confirmed, and are due to appear in court on Tuesday.

They were charged under section 97 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act which covers offences where aviation staff are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, with punishments of up to two years in prison or a fine if found guilty.

United Airlines have been reached for comment but in response to a question on Twitter about the flight cancellation, the airline wrote: "We regret that our flight for today from GLA to EWR, UA162, has been cancelled because of crew availability."