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 substance abuse 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.