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American Airlines co-pilot charged with operating under influence of alcohol

Published 28/03/2016 | 20:16

An American Airlines co-pilot has been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol
An American Airlines co-pilot has been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol

A 50-year-old American Airlines co-pilot who was grounded on suspicion of drunkenness at an airport near Detroit has been charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

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The Wayne County prosecutor's office said John Maguire was charged on Monday with the misdemeanour stemming from a Saturday morning incident at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Maguire, who authorities say lives in Pennsylvania, is suspected of having a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

He was detained and held from a scheduled flight from Detroit to Philadelphia that was cancelled.

Maguire was released pending an arraignment, which has not been scheduled.

Airlines officials have said they are assisting investigators.

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