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Pilot denies pre-flight drinking
American Airlines
The pilot was due to fly from Manchester to Chicago
An American Airlines pilot has denied being unfit for duty before a flight from Manchester to Chicago.

James Yates, 46, of Ohio, was arrested at Manchester Airport on Saturday 11 February 2006 on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.

He denied being unfit for duty under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, when he appeared at Trafford Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The case was adjourned until 10 August for a committal hearing.

The maximum sentence for the offence is two years in prison.

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