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JetBlue pilot pulled off plane after failing breathalyzer

A 52-year-old JetBlue pilot was pulled off a plane in Buffalo after blowing a blood alcohol content that was four times the legal limit for pilots.

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A 52-year-old JetBlue pilot was pulled off a plane in Buffalo after blowing a blood alcohol content that was four times the legal limit for pilots.

Highlights

  • The 52-year-old pilot blew a 0.17 on a breathalyzer test, police said.
  • He was released to JetBlue security and may face federal charges, official says.
  • The flight to Ft.
  • Lauderdale was delayed for over four hours.
  • The pilot denied drinking the morning of the flight, according to the police report, but claimed he drank 7-8 beverages the night before.
  • Experts say these incidents are rare, but “when it happens, it’s the end of the career,” ABC News’ aviation analyst and former commercial pilot John Nance says.