BA investigates pilots over mobile phone incident

BA investigates pilots over mobile phone incident

Two British Airways pilots have reportedly been questioned by police after a mobile phone was allegedly thrown from the plane on to a runway at Edinburgh airport.

The aircraft, due to fly to Gatwick with 149 passengers, was delayed for three hours due to the incident on Friday night.

BA apologised and said: “We are investigating the matter and speaking to the pilots to understand the exact circumstances around the incident.”

The incident followed the discovery of an unclaimed mobile phone on board. The captain and co-pilot have been questioned by Lothian and Borders police, who are still investigating the incident.

A police spokesman said: "We are investigating after a mobile phone was reported to have been thrown from a plane on to the runway at Edinburgh Airport about 7.30pm on June 24."

A BA spokeswoman said: “We apologise to customers on the BA2945 from Edinburgh to Gatwick for the delay to the aircraft's departure.

“There was a local airshow in aid of Armed Forces Day that meant some aircraft couldn't depart or arrive for some time. This was further exacerbated as an unclaimed mobile phone was located on board so the aircraft returned to stand."

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