RAPID CITY, SD – A SkyWest Airlines pilot has been arrested for allegedly trying to fly a plane while under the influence.
Rapid City police said the pilot, 38-year-old Russel Duszak, was scheduled to fly from Rapid City, South Dakota to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lives.
Passengers waiting to board Delta Connection 4574 were delayed, however, after the airline announced a “crew member issue.”
Airport officials said Duszak smelled of alcohol and authorities were called to investigate.
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Pilots are prohibited from flying with a blood alcohol content of over .04, and officers said Duszak was over that limit.
He was arrested for operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol.