Indonesian Pilot Arrested For Alleged Drug Use

Published February 4, 2012 10:36AM (EST)

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say they have arrested an airline pilot on suspicion of using illegal drugs three hours before flying.

Narcotics agency director Brig. Gen. Benny Mamoto says Lion Air pilot Syaiful Salam was arrested early Saturday in his hotel room in Surabaya city with a small amount of crystal methamphetamine in his possession.

He says a urine test showed Salam had also consumed the drug. The pilot was scheduled to fly three hours later.

Salam is the fifth Lion Air pilot to be arrested for alleged drug use in two months.

Airline officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

In November, Lion Air announced the biggest order ever from Boeing — 230 planes with a list price of $21.7 billion.

By Salon Staff

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