American flight delayed because of possibly drunk pilot
American Airlines flight 1211 from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to Cancun, Mexico was delayed for several hours on Wednesday afternoon because its pilot was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol.
The Fort Worth-based carrier would only confirm that the flight had been delayed because a crewmember needed to be replaced, but would not say if the pilot was drunk, as some local TV reports said last night.
“Safety is our first priority,” said American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Sanderson. “If there is any question at all our standard procedure is to remove the crew member and replace that crew member so the aircraft and its passengers can be on its way.”
Sanderson said that the carrier is currently investigating the situation and since it is a personnel matter would not be commenting on it.
She added that the flight, which was delayed by more than four hours, was “really only delayed about two hours on the crew situation,” as the flight was further delayed because of severe weather.
Passengers were given the option to deplane and were given a $10 food voucher to use in the airport while they waited, Sanderson said.
Local tv station, NBC5, reported this morning that a blood alcohol test cleared the pilot.
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