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Alaska Airlines pilot facing 15 years for piloting flights while under the influence

January 22, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Alaska Airlines pilot facing 15 years for piloting flights while under the influence

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A former Alaska Airlines pilot is facing 15 years in prison after he was charged with flying a passenger plane while under the influence of alcohol.

Police arrested David Hans Arntson, 60, of Newport Beach, Calif., after failing random drug and alcohol tests on two occasions, which had revealed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.134 and 0.142 percent.

Federal law states an individual piloting a commercial airliner is determined to be under the influence of alcohol with an alcohol content is 0.10 percent or higher.

The testing occurred on June 20, 2014, after Aniston flew from San Diego International Airport to Portland Oregon, then on to Orange County, Calif, according to the criminal complaint

The complaint says Arnston immediately noticed the aviation official in charge of conducting the random testing after landing at John Wayne Airport and told his co-pilot “I bet it’s for me.”

After being informed of the failed test, Arnston was immediately banned from all safety-sensitive duties. He retired right after the incident.

“Those in command of passenger jets, or any other form of public transportation, have an obligation to serve the public in the safest and most responsible way possible,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “We cannot and will not tolerate those who violate the trust of their passengers by endangering lives.”

If convicted, Arnston could face up to 15 years. He is free on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on February 10.

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