Pilot for American Eagle Arrested in Cockpit at Minneapolis for Suspicion of Alcohol

American Eagle Canadair CRJ-700

American Eagle Canadair CRJ-700

A pilot for American Eagle was arrested and removed from the cockpit this morning at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.

‘American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the pilot was on American Eagle Flight 4590 from Minneapolis-St. Paul to New York LaGuardia.

Airport spokesman Pat Hogan confirmed MSP Airport police took the pilot into custody at 6:19 a.m. CT. The pilot was performing pre-flight checks when someone smelled alcohol.

The pilot failed a breathalyzer at the scene, but was taken to Fairview Southdale hospital to test for blood alcohol content.’

American says the pilot has been grounded pending further investigation.

“American Eagle has a well-established policy that is designed to put the safety of our customers and employees first,” the airline said in a statement. “We are cooperating with authorities and conducting a full internal investigation. The pilot will be withheld from service pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Flight 4590 took off after a 3 hour delay.

Drinking problems damage both personal and professional aspects of life. Hotlines for those struggling with drinking problems exist.

Source: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20503290/american-airlines-pilot-arrested-in-cockpit-at-minneapolis-airport


  1. Keith says

    What a shame. As if the flying public didn’t have enough to worry about, pilots under the influence and at 6am. If he’d get behind the controls of an airplane, he’d more than likely get behind the wheel of a car intoxicated unfortunately.

  2. JENNIFER says

    If pilots can be charged for consuming alcohol before a flight then so should passengers! Why? Because it happens to be that all exit/entry doors to the aircraft have explosive bolts to aid escape if the aircraft needs to evacuate and normally only the cabin crew know of this. I hear every flight the instruction from the flight deck to ‘ARM THE DOORS’ before departure from the gate or stand.

    One day, some drunk with ‘knowledge of this procedure is going to succeed to bring an aircraft down!!

    • Clinton says

      There are no exploding bolts on the emergency doors. The “arm the doors” is to push/pull a handle to engage the emergency slide and/or emergency door assist. The door assist help the door open up in an emergency. This uses compressed gas (such as nitrogen) and is triggered by rupturing a small diaphram that seperates the compressed gas from the mechanical actuation.
      Please learn what you are talking about before spreading false information otherwise you may get hired by a major media outlet as a chief corespondent

      • Clinton says

        Just realized the “engage the slide” might be a little confusing. The slide is stored on the door but when engaged a series of hooks connect it to the threshold of the door. When the door is opened and the slide is still hooked the slide in essence falls out of the storage position on the door remaining hooked to the aircraft door threshold. When it is coming out of it’s packing it trigers another compressed bottle (maybe more than one) to inflate it. The door assist also helps to get the door out of the way of the inflating slide

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