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Dutch police pull U.S. pilot after alcohol test

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The 52-year-old captain is from Woodbury, New Jersey, police say
  • He took a breath test that showed he was over the permitted limit
  • The man was fined, and the flight was canceled

(CNN) -- Dutch police said they pulled a U.S. pilot from a commercial airplane Tuesday shortly before takeoff and arrested him after he took a breath test that showed he had consumed alcohol over the permitted limit.

The 52-year-old captain, from Woodbury, New Jersey, blew a blood alcohol content of 0.023 percent, a spokesman for the Netherlands Police Agency told CNN. Under Federal Aviation Administration rules, pilots are not permitted to to operate or attempt to operate aircraft within eight hours of having consumed alcohol.

The flight was canceled, and the captain was fined 700 euros ($911), said the spokesman, who declined to discuss any further flight details.

Delta Air Lines, however, said Tuesday that one of its flights scheduled between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Newark, New Jersey, was canceled out of concern that a crew member appeared unfit for duty.

The company said it is cooperating with local authorities as well as launching its own internal investigation. The crew member has been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry, Delta said in a statement.