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U.S. pilot arrested for high alcohol level

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A flight from Amsterdam to New York was canceled when Dutch authorities determined the U.S. pilot's blood-alcohol level was over the limit, Delta Airlines said.

In a release, the airline said it is cooperating with the Dutch investigation.

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"The crew member has been suspended pending the outcome of these investigations," Delta said. "Our alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violations."

The pilot tested at .023, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported. Delta is headquartered in Atlanta. The legal limit for a commercial pilot is .018, requiring total abstinence for several hours before testing.

The crew member's identity was not released, but the Philadelphia Inquirer said he was a 52-year-old captain from Woodbury, N.J. He was escorted from the cockpit and arrested shortly before the plane was scheduled to leave Tuesday for Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

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