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Drunk pilot replaced on Omaha flight

Feb. 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM   |   Comments

OMAHA, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A flight from Omaha to Milwaukee was delayed Thursday when the pilot, who appeared to be drunk, had to be replaced, airline officials said.

The Frontier Airlines flight, operated by Chautauqua Airlines, was scheduled to leave Omaha at 6 a.m., but did not leave Eppley Airfield until just before 8 a.m., KETV-TV, Omaha, reported.

Frontier Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy on drug and alcohol use by employees and had another pilot brought in to fly the plane, the airline said in a statement.

The flight, which carried 29 passengers and three crew members, arrived safely in Milwaukee at 9:29 a.m.

Frontier and Chautauqua airlines, along with the Federal Aviation Administration, are investigating the incident, KETV said.

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