A jetBlue pilot was removed from the cockpit and registered 0.17% on a breathalyzer : NPR


The Federal Aviation Administration mentioned it was investigating a report {that a} jetBlue pilot was allegedly intoxicated when he reported for a Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale flight on Wednesday.

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The Federal Aviation Administration mentioned it was investigating a report {that a} jetBlue pilot was allegedly intoxicated when he reported for a Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale flight on Wednesday.

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A jetBlue pilot was faraway from the cockpit of a Fort Lauderdale-bound flight by police at Buffalo Niagara Worldwide Airport on Wednesday after registering a blood-alcohol degree of 0.17%, greater than 4 occasions the Federal Aviation Administration restrict of 0.04%.

The pilot was passing by means of airport safety when a Transportation Safety Administration officer seen he was performing drunk, the Buffalo Information reported. The officer notified Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police who administered a breathalyzer check. He was taken into custody earlier than being launched to jetBlue safety personnel.

The pilot has been recognized as James Clifton, 52, of Orlando, Fla.

The FAA advised NPR it “is investigating allegations that an airline pilot tried to report for responsibility whereas drunk. The company takes these issues severely.”

The FAA prohibits pilots from consuming alcohol whereas on-duty or inside eight hours of performing flight duties. FAA laws additionally prohibit pilots from flying or trying to fly an plane if their alcohol focus is 0.04% or larger, which is half the authorized restrict within the U.S. of 0.08%.

JetBlue flight 2465 was scheduled to depart Buffalo for Fort Lauderdale at 6:15 a.m. however was delayed greater than 4 hours based on flight monitoring web site Flight Conscious.

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