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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Police arrest pilot armed with knives

SECURITY

An airline pilot due to fly more than 250 passengers from London to Hong Kong has been arrested at Heathrow for alleged possession of knives.

The Cathay Pacific pilot, believed to be 61, was taken into custody around an hour before his Boeing 777 was due to take off on Saturday evening. He was later released from a local police station on bail, to return there next month.

The incident comes less than four weeks after the Germanwings French Alps plane disaster in which cockpit voice recorder evidence suggests the co-pilot deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 with the loss of 150 lives.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said: "We will continue to co-operate with the authorities throughout the investigation."

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