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Portuguese pilot held in Germany after being found drunk in cockpit

Stuttgart Airport viewed from a different aircraft. Photo: DPA

The co-pilot of a Portuguese airline was detained in Stuttgart after being found drunk in the cockpit just before take-off, German police and prosecutors said Saturday.

German police entered the cockpit and found the 40-year-old in a "highly intoxicated condition" on Friday evening, a statement said.

An airport official had sounded the alert after finding the pilot "reeking of alcohol and walking unsteadily," it said.

Stuttgart prosecutors immediately suspended the co-pilot's flying licence and fixed a 10,000-euro bail.

German authorities did not name the airline but a flight of the Portuguese carrier TAP, due to leave Stuttgart for Lisbon on Friday night with 106 passengers, was cancelled.

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