Allegedly Drunk Pilot Arrested Before Flight in South Dakota

iStock/Thinkstock(RAPID CITY, S.D.) — A SkyWest Airlines pilot was arrested Wednesday morning for operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol in Rapid City, South Dakota just prior to a flight to Salt Lake City, according to the city’s police department.

“SkyWest holds its employees to the highest standards of professionalism and the safety and security of our customers and people are our top priority. We apologize to our passengers for the delay of SkyWest flight #4574, operating as Delta Connection from Rapid City to Salt Lake City, due to a crewmember issue,” the airline said in a statement.

“The crewmember has been placed on administrative leave and removed from flying duties as we investigate this situation. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement’s investigation into this matter,” it added.

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