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    Syed Mohammad Husain

    On a layover after completing my pattern at Frankfurt of B707 cargo to JFK and back in the early eighties, I was informally told by a fellow crew member of our DC 10 fleet who also happened to be there, that on their departure from JFK on the regular pasenger scheduled flight, all three of them in the cockpit were drunk, and he wondered how they flew the aircraft.
    Another alcoholic history captain on probationary flying in a widebody passed out near the home base and luckily the First Officer flew the aircraft to a safe landing. This captain was retired after that.
    Every airline has a long history of this endemic, and the long layovers at outstation are partly to blame in setting this habit.


    Joe Balzer can relate to the recent news about 3 different pilots showing up to work while under the influence, because he already lived it - 20 years ago, when he was one of three Northwest pilots arrested, tried, and convicted for flying a commercial airliner while intoxicated. Today, Joe is a recovering alcoholic and pilot for American Airlines, and author of the new book Flying Drunk. His mission now is to educate people about the warning signs and dangers of alcoholism, and keeping airplane passengers safe. If you would like to learn more about Joe and his book Flying Drunk, please visit www.flyingdrunk.com or http://www.savasbeatie.com/books/FlyingDrunk_book.htm.

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