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Drunk and Naked Pilot Arrested…And So Is Drunk, Not Naked Flight Attendant

I’m not even sure this story makes any sense, but here goes:  A pilot and flight attendant for Pinnacle Airlines (Northwest) were in Harrisburg, PA, the night before working a flight.  They went to a bar, got drunk, headed back to the hotel, decided to hook up in the woods, somehow got separated, and the evening ended with the pilot being found naked (save for a pair of flip flops) hiding in a shed, while the flight attendant was caught breaking into a fire department vehicle looking for a flashlight to go find the pilot.

Whew.

The two were arrested, and their morning flight was delayed an hour and a half while another crew was brought in.

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  1. I don’t know what this story tells us about anything — other than the impact of alcohol and hormones on the judgment of 24-year-olds — but it’s a great story.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. There must be a pretty low threshold to get a job at an NWA affiliated carrier. Next we’ll read about a flight attendant getting drunk AND trying to start a fire onboard.

  3. Here is the full story from the Harrisburg PA Patriot Newspaper:

    LOWER SWATARA TWP.
    Naked, lost airline pilot charged after search
    Tuesday, May 20, 2008
    BY FRANK COZZOLI
    Of The Patriot-News

    Jeffrey Paul Bradford and Adrianna Grace Connor should have just gone back to their motel room Sunday night, according to Lower Swatara Twp. police.
    Instead, Bradford, 24, a pilot for Pinnacle Airlines Inc., and Connor, a flight attendant for the airline, left Angies Diner on Eisenhower Boulevard and walked to nearby woods along Richardson Road.
    “They told the officer they wanted to go do it in the woods, essentially,” said Sgt. Richard Brandt. “That’s the best answer they had.”
    Bradford, of Moon Twp. in the Pittsburgh suburbs, wound up naked and wandering in the woods, triggering a search that involved a state police helicopter with body-heat-sensing gear, authorities said.
    The pilot — who police found shortly before midnight — had been scheduled to fly out of Harrisburg International Airport to Detroit at 7:30 a.m. Monday, a Pinnacle Airlines official said.
    Instead, Bradford and Connor, 24, of Belleville, Mich., appeared before a district judge Monday and were released on $10,000 bail each.
    “We would have a zero-tolerance policy for actions of the type alleged in this instance,” said Joe Williams, a spokesman for the Memphis-based airline.
    Bradford and Connor have been suspended pending an investigation, he said.
    The search began after Robert Furlong, the township fire chief, heard noises outside his Richardson Road home sometime after 9 p.m. Sunday and found Connor in his duty vehicle, police said.
    “She said the reason she got into the [vehicle] was to look for a flashlight to find her friend,” Brandt said.
    Police found Bradford’s clothes in the woods behind Furlong’s house, arrest documents state. But they didn’t find Bradford until shortly before midnight, soon after he confronted a woman on Summit Ridge and asked her for a pair of shorts.
    The woman, who had just arrived home from work, called 911.
    Just as the helicopter joined the search, police found Bradford hiding behind a shed wearing nothing but a wristwatch and flip-flops, the documents state.
    Bradford was arraigned before District Judge Michael Smith on charges of indecent exposure, open lewdness, public drunkenness, loitering and prowling at night, and disorderly conduct. Connor was arraigned on charges of theft from a motor vehicle, public drunkenness, and loitering and prowling at night.
    During Bradford’s arraignment, he told the judge he’d been a pilot for Pinnacle for 31/2 years. Connor told the judge she’d worked for the airline for about a year.
    Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said any pilot is prohibited from flying with a blood alcohol percentage of 0.04 or higher. However, pilots are not randomly tested unless suspicions are raised, according to the agency.
    While the FAA requires eight hours between a pilot’s last drink and the time he or she goes behind the controls, Pinnacle has a 12-hour restriction, Williams said.
    “And that applies not only to the cockpit, but if you’re in uniform and on duty for Pinnacle,” Williams said. “It could be a jump crew heading to another airport to pick up their flight.”
    Bradford is required to report the offense to his employer, Peters said. But for alcohol offenses, Peters said the FAA revokes a pilot’s certificate only upon a conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated.
    Peters said it would be up to Pinnacle Airlines to take action, and then report that action to the FAA.

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