Co-pilot completing alcohol treatment program

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

An American Airlines co-pilot who was caught in the cockpit with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit had a court hearing adjourned Wednesday as he completes treatment at a California alcohol rehabilitation center, according to his attorney.

John Francis Maguire, 50, was not in court Wednesday as the hearing was adjourned to June 22. He is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

The pilot, from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, was detained March 26 after he was discovered having trouble with his cockpit seat just before an aborted takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, according to police reports.

The reports released through a public records request said Maguire registered .081 percent on a breath test. The limit for a pilot is .04.

Maguire was taken off the Detroit-to-Philadelphia flight that was canceled as a result of the incident. He initially denied drinking, but later acknowledged he last had a drink the evening before, one of the police reports said.

A Transportation Security Administration employee first reported Maguire appeared drunk when he went through security, smelling of liquor and walking unsteadily toward the gate.

Officers were called, and a short time later Maguire was observed sitting sideways in the airplane, saying he was having trouble with his seat. The other pilot in the cockpit told authorities to “take him,” according to a report.

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The Associated Press contributed.