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Jan 5, 2010 11:16 AM by Associated Press

United pilot charged with being over alcohol limit

A United Airlines pilot who was pulled from his trans-Atlantic flight to Chicago shortly before takeoff has admitted being above the alcohol limit for flying a plane.

Erwin Vermont Washington of Lakewood, Colorado, 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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