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Dutch police: Intoxicated US pilot pulled from cockpit in Netherlands

Dutch police: Intoxicated US pilot pulled from cockpit in Netherlands
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 4:18pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:30am

AMSTERDAM – AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch police say they have arrested and fined an intoxicated American pilot who was preparing to take off with a passenger jet.

The National Police Corps has not identified the pilot or his airline, but says he is a 52-year-old captain from Woodbury, New Jersey. He does not fly for a Dutch airline, according to a police statement published Tuesday.

Police say they arrested the man in the cockpit of his plane after an anonymous tip. A breath test found he had a blood alcohol content of 0.023 percent — a hair above the legal limit in the Netherlands.

The pilot was fined euro700 ($900) and released, the statement said. The flight was canceled.
 

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