Wed, Oct 01, 2003
Sir, Put Down The Beer And Come With Me
The pilot of a China
Airlines Airbus A-340 about to fly from Anchorage (AK) to New York
(NY) last week didn't even make it onto the aircraft.
Authorities in Anchorage say he failed an alcohol breath
test. Adding insult to injury, the captain was also found to
be carrying an opened alcoholic beverage bottle in his carry-on
An airport security screener noticed the man smelled of alcohol,
prompting the issuance of a breath test that revealed his
blood-alcohol level above state and FAA limits.
Here's The Catch...
The FAA is
investigating the incident, as is China Airlines. But since
the pilot is certificated in Taiwan, the FAA can't suspend or
revoke his license.
Frank Chen, general manager for the airline's Alaska operations
says the pilot was suspended the day of the incident and sent back
that day to Taipei.
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