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Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot will plead to fly while drunk

SANTA ANA, California. – A former Alaska Airlines pilot will plead guilty in California to a charge of flying a commercial airliner while drunk.

Federal prosecutors say that David Hans Arntson of Newport Beach agreed Tuesday to the plea at a later hearing. He will be sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

In 2014, Arntson flew an Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego International Airport in Portland, Oregon, and then a second plane from Portland to John Wayne Airport in Southern California.

After landing there, he underwent a random test that found his blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit for pilots.

He retired, and his pilot license was revoked.

The Prosecutor of the V. S. Nicola Hanna says Arntson never had an accident but his behavior could have led to a tragedy.

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