LOS ANGELES – A former Alaska Airways pilot has agreed to plead responsible to flying a business jetliner whereas drunk beneath an settlement that requires him to serve a yr in jail, federal prosecutors stated Tuesday.
David Hans Arntson, sixty two, was discovered by random breathalyzer exams on June 20, 2014, to have a blood alcohol degree of zero.134 and zero.142 % following an Alaska Airways flight, stated Nicola Hanna, U.S. lawyer for the Central District of Los Angeles.
The federal restrict for pilots is zero.04 %.
“This pilot labored for the airline for greater than 20 years, and we now know that he was an alcoholic who flew business flights whereas drunk,” Hanna stated in a press release.
“Fortunately, Mr. Arntson was by no means concerned in an accident, however his conduct might have resulted in tragic penalties. Only a few individuals will ever maintain the lives of so many individuals of their arms at one time,” Hanna stated.Arntson’s lawyer, Dyke Huish, advised Reuters that his shopper had an ideal security document throughout his 20-yr profession as an airline pilot and had by no means examined constructive for alcohol till the incident that led to his arrest.
“He has taken full duty for his mistake as any good pilot would do,” Huish stated.
On the day that Arntson examined constructive, he had flown an Alaska Airways flight from San Diego Worldwide Airport to Portland, Oregon, and one other from Portland to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, prosecutors stated.
The airline eliminated Arntson from his duties as a pilot following the check and the Federal Aviation Administration revoked his capability to fly a aircraft. Arntson then retired as a business airline pilot.
Arntson will formally enter his responsible plea and be sentenced at a later listening to in U.S. District Courtroom in Santa Ana, California.