Spirit Airlines Captain Addicted For 2-3 Years


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.