Airline co-pilot detained on suspicion of being drunk
In this Jan. 25, 2016, file photo, a passenger talks on the phone as American Airlines jets sit parked at their gates at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 26, 2016 1:32PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, March 26, 2016 3:09PM EDT
ROMULUS, Mich. - Federal authorities say an American Airlines co-pilot has been detained at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after he was suspected of being drunk.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the co-pilot was held from a Saturday morning flight from Detroit to Philadelphia. He's suspected of having a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.
The pilot was detained at a security checkpoint after arriving for the flight at the airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.
American Airlines spokeswoman Laura Nedbal said in a statement that the flight was cancelled and the airline was putting customers on other flights.
Airline officials declined to discuss the co-pilot or his condition but say it's assisting local law enforcement agencies.