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Southwest puts pilot on leave pending alcohol probe Печать E-mail
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Автор: Newsmaster   
10.01.2009 12:19
DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says it put a pilot on leave after he allegedly showed up at the airport with alcohol on his breath.

A Southwest spokeswoman said Friday that the pilot was replaced before his flight departed Tuesday from Columbus, Ohio, bound for Orlando The airline declined to identify the pilot.

Southwest spokeswoman Beth Harbin said the pilot was stopped at a security checkpoint after two travelers alerted Transportation Security Administration screeners to the possibility he had been drinking.

After being confronted, the pilot called in sick and never reported to the gate for takeoff, Harbin said.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that an airport police report said that the pilot fled to a bathroom and changed out of his Southwest jacket and hat. He then called the airline to report being ill and unable to fly, the newspaper said.

Harbin said TSA and local authorities in Columbus had closed their investigations without pressing charges, and the airline had taken over the case.

"We haven't come to any conclusions," she said.

Harbin said as a matter of routine, the pilot was placed on paid leave until the internal investigation is complete. She declined to say what punishment the pilot might face but said the airline has a zero-tolerance policy against pilots drinking before flights.

Federal regulations prohibit a pilot from operating a plane within eight hours of drinking alcohol and set a blood-alcohol limit of 0.04% — half the alcohol level that is considered legally too drunk to drive a car in many states.

Harbin said the airline found a replacement pilot in Columbus on Tuesday, and the flight to Orlando with 23 passengers aboard took off on time.

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