Dutch police arrest drunken American pilot before takeoff

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September 14, 2010 21:33

 
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AMSTERDAM — Dutch police on Tuesday stated that they had 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 said 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 said 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 €700 ($900) and released, the statement said. The flight was canceled.

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