Spirit Airlines Captain Addicted For 2-3 Years

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Spirit Airlines Captain Brian Halye was addicted to speedballs (a mixture of cocaine and heroin) for several years before his death, according to a report by the Dayton Daily News. The Dayton Daily News spoke with Halye’s mother after the death of her son and his wife from an accidental overdose on carfentanil, an incredibly powerful opiate that is primarily used for sedating elephants and other large animals. Carfentanil is known to be toxic to humans. Hayle’s mother told the Daily News that her son had been using hard drugs for two to three years before the overdose. Halye and his wife were found dead by their four children in March of this year.

Spirit Airlines was previously reprimanded by the FAA on at least two occasions for non-compliance with drug testing obligations. The first, in September of 2016, took Spirit to task for not spreading tests out over the course of the year, such that pilots and other safety-sensitive personnel could easily predict when drug tests would come. In the second instance, the FAA reprimanded Spirit for not actually drug testing a pilot selected for testing. The FAA did not say whether the pilot evaded testing or whether Spirit merely failed to follow through. The Dayton Daily News has been seeking the identity of the pilot selected for drug testing through the FAA FOIA office without success, but an appeal is pending.

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Something I don't understand, since when does a pilot getting selected for a drug test become public information? If there is no crime committed this information should be confidential except by PRIA requests to another company in reguards to potential employment of that pilot. Unless there is something that is not been disclosed on this issue with Spirit, the Dayton Daily News has no right to that information and neither does the public. Getting selected for a radom drug test happens all the time to all pilots employed by pt 135 and pt 121, and by pt 91 companies doing local sightseeing rides. I certainly do not want my name released to the public just because I was selected for a random drug test. If the company involved does not execute the drug test protocol in accordance with their FAA approved program does not mean the pilot is at fault.

Posted by: matthew wagner | October 14, 2017 6:40 PM    Report this comment

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