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Former Pilot Indicted for Operating an Aircraft While Under the Influence of Alcohol

On February 11, 2016, David Arntson, a former Alaska Airlines pilot, of Newport Beach, CA, was indicted in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, CA, for operating an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol. The indictment follows the January 20, 2016, arrest of Arntson by DOT-OIG Special Agents.

Arntson was a pilot and Captain for Alaska Airlines, Inc. (Alaska) for over 30 years. On June 20, 2014, he allegedly performed safety sensitive functions as the Captain on Alaska Flights 580 and 573 while under the influence of alcohol. Arntson piloted Alaska Flight 573 from San Diego, CA, to Portland, OR, and Flight 580 from Portland, OR to in Santa Ana, CA. He was selected for a random drug and alcohol screening, which took place at the conclusion of Flight 580 at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, CA. Arntson’s breath alcohol concentration from the first test was .134 percent. A second required test was administered 15 minutes later and his breath alcohol concentration was .142 percent.

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