|£75million risk: RAF Eurofighter Typhoon at Italian airbase in Gioia del Colle where the two pilots were based. They were found drunk in the nearby town hours before they were due to begin a bombing raid.|
Two RAF pilots have been sent home in disgrace amid claims they were found drunk just hours before they were due to fly on bombing mission in Libya, the Daily Mail reports.
It is believed the pair, who fly £75million Typhoon Eurofighters, were found almost paralytic at 6 am on the main square in the town of Gioia del Colle, near their base.
One was 'spread-eagled' on the floor while the other was barely able to stand, according to The Sun.
They have been reprimanded for flouting the RAF's strict rules which state that pilots can drink no more than two pints of beer within 12 hours of flying.
The Ministry of Defense said their removal would have no effect on the RAF's mission.
(China.org.cn May 27, 2011)