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Pilot Sentenced for Flying Under the Influence

top story photo The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General announced that a former pilot for Alaska Airlines was sentenced to one year and one day of incarceration after pleading guilty to piloting a passenger aircraft under the influence of alcohol.

David Arntson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif. In addition to the prison time, Arntson must also pay a $10,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fee. The sentence also prohibits him from piloting an aircraft or applying for an airman's certificate from FAA.

In 2014, Arntson "performed safety sensitive functions on Alaska flights 580 and 573 while under the influence of alcohol," the IG said. "Specifically, he piloted flight 573 from San Diego, California, to Portland, Oregon, and flight 580 from Portland to Santa Ana, California. He was selected for a random drug-and-alcohol screening, which took place after flight 580 landed at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. The first test measured Arntson's breath alcohol concentration as 0.134 percent. A second test was administered 15 minutes later, and his breath alcohol concentration was 0.142 percent. The maximum breath alcohol concentration permitted for pilots operating an aircraft is 0.04 percent."

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