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Drunk Pilot Arrested? Flyer Ejected From Delta Cockpit

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By    |   Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 11:59 AM

Police arrested a pilot who was in the cockpit of a Delta Airlines jet getting ready to take off in South Dakota and charged him with operating an aircraft while intoxicated.

The SkyWest Airlines pilot set to fly the Delta Connection plane was arrested Wednesday morning in Rapid City, South Dakota, according to ABC News. The flight was bound for Salt Lake City, said the airline.

Rapid City police were notified after 38-year-old Russel Duszak was said to have smelled like alcohol when he checked in at Rapid City Regional Airport, said USA Today.

Police said they were contacted by airport authorities a little after 8 a.m. and when they arrived planeside they found Duszak in the cockpit going through his pre-flight routine, according to ABC.

The Rapid City Police Department said Duszak’s blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit of .04 percent.

It was Duszak’s first scheduled flight of the day and there were 45 passengers expected to be aboard the plane, ABC noted.

“SkyWest holds its employees to the highest standards of professionalism and the safety and security of our customers and people are our top priority,” the airline said in a statement, ABC noted.

“We apologize to our passengers for the delay of SkyWest flight #4574, operating as Delta Connection from Rapid City to Salt Lake City, due to a crew member issue,” the statement continued, per USA Today. “The crew member has been placed on administrative leave and removed from flying duties as we investigate this situation. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement’s investigation into this matter.”

According to the Pennington County Jail, operating a plane while under the influence of alcohol in South Dakota is considered a class 1 misdemeanor.

Duszak was released on a $300 bail.

Karl Jegeris, the Rapid City police chief, took to Twitter about the matter on Wednesday afternoon.

 

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