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United pilot charged with being over alcohol limit

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LONDON (AP) -- British police say a United Airlines pilot who failed a breath test has been charged with having too much alcohol in his system.

Erwin Washington was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport shortly before the flight was due to leave for Chicago Monday.

The 51-year-old is the third U.S. pilot in 13 months to be arrested for being over the strict alcohol limits imposed on airline staff.

It's not immediately clear how much alcohol Washington was accused of having consumed.

Under British law, pilots are forbidden from having any more than 20 micrograms of alcohol for each 100 milliliters of blood in their system. For most average-sized men, that's the equivalent of having just had about half a glass of regular strength beer.

Scotland Yard says that Washington has been released on bail and has a court date on Nov. 20. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison, a fine, or both.

United says he's been removed from service, pending an investigation.

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