SkyWest pilot arrested after showing up drunk to Delta connection flight, police say

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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.

Airport officials said Duszak smelled of alcohol and authorities were called to investigate.

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.

1 Comment

  • Tom Ronson

    How can they charge the pilot with operating an aircraft while drunk, when he never flew the plane? He was arrested at the airport before he took off. The charge should be a simple public intoxication and then the airline can fire him for reporting to work being drunk.
    The charge is too serious for what actually happened. I’m sure his lawyer will get the charge reduced.

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