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Sorry our pilot is wasted: Drunk American Airlines co-pilot thrown off the plane in handcuffs

Mar 27, 2016

Sorry, our pilot is drunk. This flight is cancelled.

American Airlines flight 736 from Detroit to Philadelphia was cancelled on Saturday morning after the co-pilot was taken into custody when he allegedly failed a breathalyzer test administered by airport police, CNN reports, citing airport spokesperson Michael Conway.

Passengers preparing to take-off have described “chaotic” scenes after the flight’s co-pilot was detained on suspicion of being drunk.

Passengers on the aircraft at Detroit Metropolitan Airport said they saw a man being put into handcuffs on the tarmac, and it was their co-pilot.

Airport police were called to the North Terminal at Detroit International Airport in the early hours in response to a pilot “exhibiting signs of being drunk.”

Federal Aviation Administration guidelines state pilots cannot fly with a blood alcohol content of 0.04 percent or above.

The airline apologized to any customers affected by the incident and added they were re-accommodating people whose travel plans had been disrupted on a plane operated by a sober pilot.

Sorry our pilot is wasted: Drunk American Airlines co-pilot thrown off the plane in handcuffs



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