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American Airlines Pilot Arrested Before Flight for Suspected Intoxication

Mar 26, 2016

An American Airlines co-pilot was arrested prior to a flight on Saturday morning for suspected intoxication, officials said.

The pilot failed a breathalyzer test, and his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit for a pilot, ABC News reported, citing Michael Conway, director of public affairs at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The flight, which was scheduled to travel from Detroit to Philadelphia, was cancelled.

"This is a serious matter and we are assisting local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration with the investigation,"American Airlines said in a statement reported by the network. "We will handle this matter appropriately as the safety and care of our customers and employees is our highest priority."

The co-pilot's name has not yet been released.

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