A Cathay Pacific pilot is free on bail after being arrested in London’s Heathrow airport shortly before a flight to Hong Kong when knives were found in his possession.
Police said they were called to a staff search area around 9:10 p.m. on Saturday and found a member of a flight crew in possession of knives, The Guardian reported Monday.
“Officers attended and subsequently a member of the flight crew, a man, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place,” an official said.
He was taken into custody at a local police station where he was later allowed bail and instructed to return in mid-May pending further inquiries.
The CID in Heathrow airport is investigating, the report said.
A spokesperson for the airline said the flight from London to Hong Kong with 262 people on board was due to depart at 10.20 p.m. and was delayed after a “crew-related incident”.
At no point were passengers or staff at risk, the spokesperson said.
The Hong Kong-based airline was unable to organise a relief crew, resulting in an overnight delay. The flight was rescheduled to depart at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday.
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