American Airlines co-pilot arrested at Detroit airport for drinking

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American Airlines Co-Pilot Arrested For Drinking At Detroit Airport

March 26 (Reuters) - An unidentified American Airlines co-pilot was arrested on Saturday at a Detroit airport terminal on suspicion of drinking before his scheduled flight to Philadelphia, officials said.

Police at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport twice had the man, in his 50s, blow into a breathalyzer, and each time his readings came back above the legal limit, said Michael Conway, a spokesman for the facility.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which prohibits pilots from flying with blood alcohol content higher than .04, said in a statement it was investigating the case.

Airport police did not give the pilot's name or the specific readings from his breathalyzer tests.

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French national Nicolas Pisapia, accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, is pictured in court on the first day of the trial against him and 13 other people, in Santo Domingo, on April 20, 2015. Two years after their arrest, four Frenchmen -- two pilots, their passenger (Pisapia) and the alleged broker behind the deal -- face a long-delayed trial in what the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. The men were arrested in March 2013 on the tarmac at the airport in the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana, when according to Dominican authorities they were preparing to take off with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms of cocaine. The four Frenchmen are accused alongside nine Dominican army officers and a civilian official. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French co-pilot Bruno Odos, accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, is pictured in court on the first day of the trial against him and 13 other people, in Santo Domingo, on April 20, 2015. Two years after their arrest, four Frenchmen -- two pilots, their passenger and the alleged broker behind the deal -- face a long-delayed trial in what the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. The men were arrested in March 2013 on the tarmac at the airport in the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana, when according to Dominican authorities they were preparing to take off with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms of cocaine. The four Frenchmen are accused alongside nine Dominican army officers and a civilian official. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French senator Olivier Cadic (C) speaks in court with French pilot Pascal Fauret (2-R) and co-pilot Bruno Odos (L), both accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, on the first day of the trial against them and 12 other people, in Santo Domingo, on April 20, 2015. Two years after their arrest, four Frenchmen -- two pilots, their passenger and the alleged broker behind the deal -- face a long-delayed trial in what the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. The men were arrested in March 2013 on the tarmac at the airport in the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana, when according to Dominican authorities they were preparing to take off with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms of cocaine. The four Frenchmen are accused alongside nine Dominican army officers and a civilian official. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French alleged broker Alain Castany, accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, listens to his lawyer, after finishing the audience in Santo Domingo on August 13, 2015. Castany and other three French citizens and 37 Dominicans are involved in a drug trafficking case which the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. AFP PHOTO/ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French pilot Bruno Odos (C), accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, during his trial in Santo Domingo on May 29, 2015. Two years after their arrest, four Frenchmen -- two pilots, their passenger and the alleged broker behind the deal -- face a long-delayed trial in what the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. The men were arrested in March 2013 on the tarmac at the airport in the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana, when according to Dominican authorities they were preparing to take off with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms of cocaine. The four Frenchmen are accused alongside nine Dominican army officers and a civilian official. AFP PHOTO/ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French pilot Jean Pascal Furet (C), accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, speaks in court with the consul of France in the Dominican Republic Dominique Doudet (L) and French senator Olivier Cadic, on the first day of the trial against him and 13 other people, in Santo Domingo, on April 20, 2015. Two years after their arrest, four Frenchmen -- two pilots, their passenger and the alleged broker behind the deal -- face a long-delayed trial in what the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. The men were arrested in March 2013 on the tarmac at the airport in the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana, when according to Dominican authorities they were preparing to take off with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms of cocaine. The four Frenchmen are accused alongside nine Dominican army officers and a civilian official. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French national Nicolas Pisapia(R), accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases Packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, convicted of crimes related to drug trafficking and sentenced to 20 years in prison, is seen on August 14, 2015. Pisapia and other three French Citizens and 37 Dominicans are involved in a drug trafficking case which the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French pilot Bruno Odos, accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, convicted of crimes related to drug trafficking and sentenced to 20 years in prison, speaks on August 14, 2015. Odos and other three French citizens and 37 Dominicans are Involved in a drug trafficking case which the French media dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French national Nicolas Pisapia (L), accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, during his trial in Santo Domingo on May 29, 2015. Two years after their arrest, four Frenchmen -- two pilots, their passenger and the alleged broker behind the deal -- face a long-delayed trial in what the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. The men were arrested in March 2013 on the tarmac at the airport in the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana, when according to Dominican authorities they were preparing to take off with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms of cocaine. The four Frenchmen are accused alongside nine Dominican army officers and a civilian official. AFP PHOTO/ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
French pilot Pascal Fauret (R) and his lawyers Jean Reinhart (C) and Eric Dupond-Moretti give a press conference on October 27, 2015 in Paris. Two French pilots sentenced to 20 years in jail in the Dominican Republic for cocaine trafficking have managed to get out of the country and return home, their lawyer said in Paris on October 26. Pascal Fauret, 55, and co-pilot Bruno Odos, whose age was not given, were among four Frenchmen handed 20-year terms in Santo Domingo in August in a case dubbed 'Air Cocaine' in France. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
French pilot Pascal Fauret speaks during a press conference on October 27, 2015 in Paris. Two French pilots sentenced to 20 years in jail in the Dominican Republic for cocaine trafficking have managed to get out of the country and return home, their lawyer said in Paris on October 26. Pascal Fauret, 55, and co-pilot Bruno Odos, whose age was not given, were among four Frenchmen handed 20-year terms in Santo Domingo in August in a case dubbed 'Air Cocaine' in France. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Claude and Monique Pisapia, communicate via computer with their son Nicolas Pisapia, one of the two Frenchmen who were arrested in a case dubbed 'Air Cocaine' and still remaining in Dominican Republic, in Velaux, southern France, on October 27, 2015 after two French pilots sentenced to 20 years in jail in the Dominican Republic for cocaine trafficking managed to slip out of the country and return home. Pascal Fauret, 55, and co-pilot Bruno Odos, whose age was not given, were among four Frenchmen handed 20-year terms in Santo Domingo in August in a case dubbed 'Air Cocaine' in France. Fauret and Odos were arrested in March 2013 -- along with Nicolas Pisapia, a passenger on the plane they were piloting, and alleged broker Alain Castany -- as they were about to take off from the Dominican resort of Punta Cana. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
French pilot Jean Pascal Furet (C), accused of trying to fly dozens of suitcases packed with cocaine from the Dominican Republic to France, speaks in court with French senator Olivier Cadic (R) and the consul of France in the Dominican Republic Dominique Doudet, on the first day of the trial against him and 13 other people, in Santo Domingo, on April 20, 2015. Two years after their arrest, four Frenchmen -- two pilots, their passenger and the alleged broker behind the deal -- face a long-delayed trial in what the French media have dubbed the 'Air Cocaine' affair. The men were arrested in March 2013 on the tarmac at the airport in the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana, when according to Dominican authorities they were preparing to take off with 26 suitcases carrying 680 kilograms of cocaine. The four Frenchmen are accused alongside nine Dominican army officers and a civilian official. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
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They released the Pennsylvania man from custody while they continued to investigate, Conway said, and will present evidence to prosecutors for possible charges.

Laura Nedbal, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, said the company considers the case a serious matter and was assisting local law enforcement and the FAA.

The co-pilot's flight 736, from Detroit to Philadelphia, was canceled and passengers were being accommodated on other flights, Nedbal said.

She declined to release further details, citing the pilot's privacy rights as an employee.

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