US Airways Cleared In Drunk Passenger Death

By Mary Ann

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cleared US Airways of wrongdoing in its DUI investigation into whether the airline served an already-intoxicated passenger. Dana Papst died while driving home from the Albuquerque, New Mexico airport.

The Aero-News Network reports that after Papst was served alcohol on a flight to Albuquerque, he turned the wrong way in I-25 near Santa Fe and struck a vehicle, killing himself and five others in a head-on collision. His blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit for DUI in New Mexico.

The FAA determined Papst had stopped in Bernadillo, New Mexico and bought beer at a convenience store. The accident occurred three hours after the flight had landed.

US Airways was banned from serving alcohol on flights going to New Mexico until the airline received a state liquor license.  Obtaining a liquor license in New Mexico includes training servers to identify alcohol impaired or intoxicated passengers.