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WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - An American Airlines pilot was arrested in Britain on Saturday on suspicion of being drunk before a scheduled flight to Chicago, the airline said.

A statement by the world's No. 1 airline said the crew member was a relief pilot on the Boeing 767-300 with 198 passengers, meaning he was a backup to the captain and first officer. The crew member was not identified.

He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol after reporting for duty at Manchester airport, the carrier said. A court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

American said in a statement it was investigating and would not provide additional details.

"Our primary concern is for the safety and comfort of our passengers and crews," the airline said. "American Airlines has strict policies on alcohol and substance abuse and holds its employees to the highest standards."

Flight 55 was due to arrive in Chicago shortly after 4 p.m. local time, three hours late. The plane was scheduled to stop in New York to supplement the crew.

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He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol after reporting for duty at Manchester airport, the carrier said. A court appearance was scheduled for Monday.
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It is now Tuesday in England. Everyone in the airline industry should be hoping there will be a story appearing in their morning papers stating that the American Airlines pilot has been found innocent of the charges against him.

Randy Kramer

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Randy,

Reuters apparently got it wrong. According to the BBC, "He was released on bail pending the results of tests and is to report to Greater Manchester Police on Tuesday."

Paul

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What ever happened to this guy?They sure have kept this thing quiet.

[ 03-13-2006, 05:38: Message edited by: DC9 ]

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That's today's journalism for you. Scream the charge on the front page and the dismissal rates a one-liner between the children's page and the classifieds.

I haven't been able to find anything out about the disposition of the charge.

Paul

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I just e-mailed the editor of the Manchester (UK) Evening News and his response was, "The pilot is still going through our judicial system and when he appears in court again we will report the outcome in full".

As in America, the judicial system seems to move at a glacial pace.

Paul

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This cant be good for the profession.
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Righting the WRONG---one seniority number at a time.
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LONDON (AFP) - A US airline pilot appeared in a British court charged with being under the influence of alcohol before a scheduled flight to Chicago.

James Yates, 46, an American Airlines officer from the midwestern state of Ohio, pleaded not guilty to being unfit for duty under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 during a 15-minute hearing before magistrates in Manchester, northwest England.

The pilot was arrested at Manchester Airport on the morning of February 11 this year on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.

He had been due to board a Boeing 767 with 209 passengers for a flight to Chicago.

Magistrates released him on conditional bail until August 10 when the case is expected to be transferred to the higher court.

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Is this pilot in a British prison ???
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Transatlantic pilot 'more than six times over alcohol flying limit'
19.03.07

An airline pilot turned up for work while almost six and a half times over the drink limit to fly a plane, a court has heard.

American James Yates, 46, smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet when he turned up for duty at Manchester Airport, it has been claimed.

A First Officer with American Airlines, he was to be one of three pilots on a 10.30am transatlantic flight to Chicago with 181 passengers on board on February 11 last year, Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

But when he went to go through a security gate for flight crew in his pilots uniform he could not find his identification security pass.

Security staff could smell drink and called in police, who arrested Yates. He then failed a breathalyser test, Martin Walsh, prosecuting, told the jury.

"Police arrived and the defendant smelled strongly of intoxicants, alcohol, and he was asked to provide a specimen of breath," Mr Walsh added.

"He provided a specimen of breath and it was positive."

The first specimen showed Yates had 71 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit for driving a car is 35 micrograms and for an aircraft is nine micrograms, the jury were told.

Yates was arrested and taken to Altrincham Police Station where a doctor took a blood sample.

This gave a result of 129 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, the court was told. The legal limit for flying an aircraft is 20 micrograms.

"He was approaching six and a half times the legal limit for flying an aircraft," Mr Walsh said.

Yates, from Ohio, US, told police he turned up for work to tell the captain he was sick and unable to perform his duties and it was not his intention to be part of the crew on that flight.

"The Crown say that is untrue," Mr Walsh said.

"He arrived at the airport in uniform. He tried to gain entrance through security checks used by the air crew, not by the passengers."

Yates had earlier missed a bus taking flight crew from a hotel to the airport. When the captain had gone to his hotel room he appeared "dishevelled" and followed the rest of the crew in a cab to the airport, the court heard.

Mr Walsh said: "The Crown's case, in essence, is he clearly had been drinking heavily, had consumed alcohol and when he got to the airport his intention was to go through security check-in with the intention of performing his function of first officer on the flight from Manchester to Chicago."

The flight was delayed and had to land in New York because it only had two pilots, not three as required by law for such a long flight, the court was told.

Yates is not charged with attempting to fly an aircraft while over the limit as he did not gain access to the plane.

He denies a single charge of carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function, that of acting as first officer, while over the limit.

The case continues.

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Many things in life are more enjoyable then drinking.......I'll just pick one of those things "at random". (I really thought airline pilots were well aware of this, but maybe some of us have led a very sheltered life. I know that I have.)...............

It's about the birds and the bees and how to enjoy a layover without being challenged as we enter an airport for our return fight home.......There are no FAA regulations about enjoying sex on a layover. There are no minimum hourly requirements concerning minimum rest after sex. There are also no machines capable of determining our recent sexual activity as we pass thru the airport security check points.

There will ALWAYS be the obvious "appearance of guilt" by the big smile..........but there isn't a measuring device known to man which will convict a pilot of being unsafe for flight because of too much sex on a layover...... (Well, if your wife or girlfriend were not along on that particular flight, you could still be in serious trouble.)

When will we learn?

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Randy, You may know all about this, but I once heard of a testicle floatation test. When one got home after a layover with, perhaps, too big of a grin on his face, one's wife would order him into the bathtub, and if his testicles floated, he was in BIG trouble.
Is this true?
Capt. George [Big Grin] [Confused]

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George,

I really don't know the answer to your question.....That's a test I've never taken. [Big Grin]

However, the "good" news(?) may be found by viewing the following link:
Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/england/manchester/6475913.stm

Randy

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Let me see if I understand.

Mr. Yates, having boozed it up to the point of being "disheveled" and having a blood alcohol level multiple times over the legal limit to fly, shows up at the airport, in uniform, to tell the captain that he is "unfit for work" and now plans to deadhead home.

Why...yes, Captain. I thought you wouldn't mind an unscheduled stop JFK at JFK today since I'm unfit to fly and am going to ACM home in first class. Oh, so sorry about your missing your commuter flight home. Thanks for being so understanding. By the way, would you call commissary and make sure they've boarded a meal for me? Thanks so much, old fellow. [Big Grin]

And the jury bought this? [Confused]

If I were Mr. Yates I think I'd toss down a pony of the finest single-malt, get down on my knees, thank the "Chief Pilot" of us all that my new uniform wasn't a bright orange and find a new line of work. [Eek!]

Oh yeah, he should also send a case of Glenfiddich to his buddy General Botchie. Yes, Sir, General Sir. Always tells the truth you say? If you say so ,Sir. Rather! By the way, General, the "O" club at 1600 for cocktails? Spot on!!

Paul

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A dozen years ago...

...when I was TWA's Aeromedical Chairman I spent weeks trying to help a 31 year career TWA captain keep his job.

He had reported for work intoxicated: refused the union and management efforts to get him off the property, have him call in sick and contact aeromedical.

In uniform, intoxicated, signed in for his trip: he demanded a breathilizer test. His BAC was far above that our our friend in London.

The next day after I escorted him to Special Health Services where we performed an evaluation: the director leaned over her desk and said.....

"...., you had to be a F***ing idiot to do what you did yesterday!" "But you are not a F***ing Idiot." "You are an alcoholic and that is the kind of shit that alcoholics do."

Alcoholism is a disease.

Nobody ever went to jail for having a heart attack while on flight duty. Not even the 300 lb. slob who's hasn't exercised in decades, smokes like a chimney and lives on cheeseburgers and fries. Nope...we just "understand" that the poor bastard had a heart attack.

But let the disease of alcoholism overcome an airman and lookout.......

Bob Ritchie [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Bob Ritchie:
Alcoholism is a disease.

Nobody ever went to jail for having a heart attack while on flight duty. Not even the 300 lb. slob who's hasn't exercised in decades, smokes like a chimney and lives on cheeseburgers and fries. Nope...we just "understand" that the poor bastard had a heart attack.

But let the disease of alcoholism overcome an airman and lookout.......

Bob Ritchie [Frown]

Bob,
Exactly what I was thinking.
Thanks.

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"The next day after I escorted him to Special Health Services where we performed an evaluation: the director leaned over her desk and said....."

Bob- that evaluator didn't happen to be Paul H. did it? I've done HIMS work for five years now and REALLY respect Paul. Of the many things AA got from TWA, he is one of the top three.

www.himsprogram.com

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No,

Johanna O. was TWA's Special Health Services Director at the time. I believe that Paul worked for her however.

Johanna was PAA's Special Health Services director prior to their demise. She handled PAA Lockerbie: even escorted the final remains home on a PAA 747. Wasn't it PAA 103?

Then, bless her soul, she repeated the experience with TWA 800. She has since earned her doctorate and gone on to greener pastures. Hopefully no more airline disasters for her.

Bob.

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Gentlemen,

There is no doubt that alcoholism is a disease and that airlines and union aeromedical committees have done a magnificent job in safely returning alcoholic pilots to the cockpit.

It is a totally different story however, to note how Mr. Yates' attorney did a first-rate job in bamboozling (sorry, perhaps an non politically-correct term) this incredibly naive and ill informed jury with the cock and bull story he presented. And, one has to wonder how long it took them in finding a high-ranking flying buddy to present the totally convincing and incontrovertible testimony that Mr. Yates had never lied. Ever. I wonder if the general appeared in uniform.

Yes, Mr. Yates should be abjectly grateful he has the opportunity to enter a rehab program in civilian attire. It's regretable the NWA and America West pilots, similarly diseased, were not so lucky in being stopped short of the cockpit as was Mr. Yates.

Paul

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Irish,

As always....a very fair, objective, accurate and honest assessment.

Thank your,

Bob

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In the news the AA pilot claimed he drank in his sleep as a result of taking sleeping pills. While the jury bought the BS, AA did not saying they would soon meet with him to discuss his continued employment with AA. Yes, Joanna O did great work. I worked with her for years at JFK. I understood she left AA STL and took a position with AA in LAX for a while. If she has received her doctorate, nobody is more deserved.
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