Alaska Airlines Pilot Charged with Drinking and Flying

By Jesse Sokolow on 22 January 2016
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DSC_0684-EDAn Alaska Airlines pilot was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of piloting an aircraft full of passengers while under the influence of alcohol.

In two tests conducted fifteen minutes apart on June 20, 2014, David Hans Arnston, 60, was found to have blood alcohol concentrations of 0.134% and 0.142%. Arnston had piloted two flights that day, from San Diego to Portland, Oregon and from Portland to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

The tests were performed at John Wayne Airport shortly after Arnston landed his second flight.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on February 10.

Under federal law, commercial airline pilots are considered intoxicated if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.10% or great, while the Federal Aviation Administration has a limit of 0.04%.

After the test, the pilot was removed from “safety sensitive duties.” Arnston later retired from Alaska.

If convicted, he could face up to fifteen years in prison.

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