Drunken airplane co-pilot arrested at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City


Police found the co-pilot, 35, sitting in the cockpit preparing for take-off with his headset on. Police took the co-pilot to Munson Medical Center for a blood draw, and he is being held at the Grand Traverse County’s jail. He is scheduled for a 1 p.m. bond hearing Friday and his arraignment could take place later the same day. His name was not disclosed. While the accused pilot was at the Grand Traverse County jail awaiting arraignment, Talon Air has already fired him. “We are very proud of Captain Manny Ramirez’ immediate action in detecting the co-pilot’s condition and removing him from his position,” the company said in a statement. Pilots are obligated to be drug and alcohol free. Federal regulations require airlines to regularly screen their employees.


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