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Delta Pilot Fails Breathalyzer Test

December 27, 2002

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ A Delta Air Lines pilot failed a breathalyzer test for alcohol after he was taken off an airplane Thursday at Norfolk International Airport, airport officials said.

Gary Schroeder, 42, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.07, according to Ken Scott of the Norfolk Airport Authority. The Federal Aviation Administration’s limit for a flight crew member is 0.04.

Scott said baggage screeners notified airport police after detecting alcohol on Schroeder’s breath when he arrived to co-pilot the Cincinnati-bound flight.

Scott said Schroeder was cooperative and agreed to board a flight to Delta headquarters in Atlanta.

Delta spokesman John Kennedy said the airline was investigating, but declined to comment further. FAA regulations prohibit pilots from drinking alcohol within eight hours of duty. Violations can lead to license revocation.

Schroeder was cited for violating a city code that makes it illegal for aircraft pilots to be under the influence of alcohol while operating planes, according to police reports. A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 9.

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