PILOT WAS PREPARING TO FLY… DRUNK

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An American Airlines co-pilot was arrested after he failed a breathalyzer test at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport this morning. The flight, bound for Philadelphia, was cancelled. The co-pilot was suspected of having a blood alcohol content over the legal limit when he arrived for his flight in Detroit this morning.

He failed a field breathalyzer test and was then arrested and given another test, said Michael Conway, Director of Public Affairs at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The blood alcohol content was not released, but Conway said it was over the limit for a pilot.

FAA rules state that pilots cannot fly with a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or greater.

It’s unclear where the co-pilot was at time of arrest, Conway said, but the airport police were called at 6:40 a.m. and the plane was due to take off around 7 a.m.

The co-pilot’s identity was not released but Conway said he was born in 1965 and is from Pennsylvania.

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