Dutch police: Intoxicated US pilot pulled from cockpit in Netherlands
POSTED: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 3:18pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 9:30am
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.