British Airways pilot sacked after snorting cocaine off topless woman before trying to fly plane: Married father boasted about booze and drug-fuelled orgy on stopover in South Africa

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  • The flight from Johannesburg had to be delayed while a replacement was found 

A married British Airways pilot has been sacked after bragging to colleagues about snorting cocaine off a topless woman during a drug-fuelled orgy – before trying to fly a plane back to the UK.

A shocked co-worker raised the alarm hours before First Officer Mike Beaton was due to co-pilot a flight from South Africa to Britain after he revealed his night of debauchery.

In texts to a stewardess, Beaton claimed he was left ‘so f** I couldn’t even lift my head until gone 2’ after his all-night partying with a Welsh woman, a Spanish woman and local men.

The father-of-one’s behaviour forced the airline to delay the flight for 24 hours while it tried to find a suitable replacement for him, costing BA an estimated £100,000, The Sun reports.

When Beaton, from Devon, returned to Britain he was forced to undergo a drugs test, which reportedly came back positive. British Airways has insisted there was no risk to passengers and revealed that he no longer works for the company.

First Officer Mike Beaton was suspended by British Airways and later sacked after a night of debauchery in South Africa

First Officer Mike Beaton was suspended by British Airways and later sacked after a night of debauchery in South Africa

The married father-of-one boasted to a colleague about having a drug-fuelled orgy before trying to fly a plane back to the UK

The married father-of-one boasted to a colleague about having a drug-fuelled orgy before trying to fly a plane back to the UK

The First Officer had been in Johannesburg on downtime, and was set to co-pilot the flight back to London.

But he revealed to a colleague that things had got out of hand after meeting a group of people at a nightclub in the city.

He said that after going back to the hotel for ‘one last one before bed’ things turned raunchy with a ‘bit of snogging, and then we’re somehow all on our way to this dude’s flat’.

He added: ‘Welsh has decided that I should actually be her boyfriend – Spanish has hooked up with one of the two local lads and is having her t**s sucked on their sofa.’

The father then boasted about how the ‘girls are dancing topless’ and he decided to do the same, before one of the local men brought out some cocaine.

‘So then there’s a debate about whose chest is the best to do a bump off,’ he bragged.

‘That’s the story of how I ended up snorting coke off a girl’s t**s in Joburg.’

He claimed the night didn’t end there though, adding that he ‘stayed the night with Welsh, sh** her for ages (I guess the coke played a part) and then was so f** I couldn’t even lift my head until gone 2.’

Beaton claimed he had snorted cocaine off a topless woman during the orgy in texts to a colleague

Beaton claimed he had snorted cocaine off a topless woman during the orgy in texts to a colleague

British Airways was forced to delay the flight from South Africa to Britain for 24 hours while it found a replacement for him

British Airways was forced to delay the flight from South Africa to Britain for 24 hours while it found a replacement for him

A source at the airline told The Sun that managers were ‘furious’ when his behaviour was reported to them by his colleagues.

They said the pilot had ‘hoisted himself by his own petard’.  Although there would have been no alcohol in his system on his return to the UK, they added: ‘He will never fly again.’

A spokesman for British Airways told MailOnline: ‘Safety is always our top priority. The matter was referred to the CAA and this individual no longer works for us.’

The Civil Aviation Authority told The Sun it has strict procedures in place for when pilots misuse drinks or drugs.

‘An airline must immediately inform us if a UK pilot has misused drink or drugs boarding, or being on board, an aircraft,’ it said.

‘In these cases we would immediately suspend the pilot’s medical which means they cannot fly.

‘In most cases the pilot would have an assessment with an expert medical team and if they wished to return to flying then a comprehensive rehabilitation programme would be put in place.

‘The medical would only be reinstated if we were completely satisfied.’

When confronted by reporters from the paper, Beaton’s wife refused to comment, saying: ‘You must speak to my husband about it.’




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