Alaska Airlines Pilot Arrested on Federal Charges for Flying Under the Influence of Alcohol

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(LOS ANGELES) — A former Alaska Airlines pilot has been arrested on federal charges of flying a plane while under the influence of alcohol, a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

David Hans Arntson is accused of flying two Alaska Airlines flights on June 20, 2014 while drunk. A criminal complaint was filed in Los Angeles by federal prosecutors.

Arntson was removed from duty after he failed two drug tests.

Alaska Airlines released a statement on Thursday saying the company “has an uncompromising commitment to safety and compliance and we put the safety of our passengers and our employees above all else. We have a zero tolerance policy for employees, including pilots, who fail alcohol and drug tests. Mr. Arntson was immediately removed from duty, he never flew for Alaska after June 20 and he left the company soon after. We believe he is deserving of the Department of Justice’s actions.”

Arntson could spend 15 years in federal prison, if convicted.


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