MINNEAPOLIS Jan 4 An American Eagle pilot
preparing for a flight to New York on Friday morning was
arrested on board an aircraft at Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport on suspicion of being under the influence
of alcohol, an airport spokesman said.
"The pilot was in the process of doing the pre-flight check
and a witness had smelled alcohol on the pilot's breath,"
airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said.
Hogan said airport police arrested the pilot at 6:19 a.m.
(1219 GMT). He failed a breath test administered by airport
police and was taken to a local hospital for a blood alcohol
test, Hogan said. Results of the blood test could take weeks.
Hogan did not know the results of the breath test. In
Minnesota, the blood alcohol threshold for pilots is 0.04, half
of what it would be for a motorist, he added.
American Eagle, a regional carrier for AMR Corp's
American Airlines, was operating Flight No. 4590 to New York's
"We are cooperating with authorities and conducting a full
internal investigation," American Eagle said in a statement.
"The pilot will be withheld from service pending the outcome of