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Pilot at MSP airport arrested, removed from flight

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MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokesman says an American Airlines pilot preparing for takeoff was arrested and removed from his plane after failing an alcohol Breathalyzer test.

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Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan says before the pilot boarded the flight, witnesses alerted airport police that the pilot smelled like alcohol. Hogan says the pilot was on the plane conducting a preflight check when police officers boarded, conducted the test and arrested him about 6:30 a.m. Friday on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.

Passengers had not yet boarded the flight. Hogan says he doesn't yet know whether the pilot was flying a regional plane or national flight.

He was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital for a blood test. Hogan says the pilot is expected to be booked later Friday.

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