On February 7, 2014, a plane piloted by an American pilot from King School Aviation was forced to make an emergency landing in San Francisco after being hijacked by suspected drug traffickers.
The pilot was arrested in the city’s airport after police discovered marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy pills on board.
A search of the aircraft and the pilot’s home revealed the drugs, and investigators determined the pilot was operating under the influence of prescription medications.
King School said the pilot had been under the care of a licensed flight instructor for about three months, and was under the strictest medical supervision.
In a statement, the school said the investigation was still ongoing, but added that the pilot has been suspended.
“King School Aviation has a zero tolerance policy on the use of any drugs in the aircraft.
Any illegal use of the plane is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the statement read.
The pilots arrest came days after King School’s aviation school was suspended for its role in smuggling drugs aboard a US Airways plane.
The suspended school said in a statement the pilot and another pilot were involved in an accident that resulted in the death of one of their co-pilots.
A statement from the King School aviation school, in which the pilot is a student, said he had been on a flight to Sacramento to attend the California State Airline Pilot’s Association’s convention.
“The pilot was in a position of trust with the instructor and co-Pilot who had been with him for more than two years, and he believed the instructor was a qualified pilot who was trained to fly safely.
He was acting in the best interest of the flight crew and the aircraft,” the school wrote.
“He and the instructor were under a strict medical supervision, and no drugs or substances were found on the aircraft.”
King School officials said the instructor had recently left the school, and the plane had been inspected by a flight examiner before the accident.
King schools suspended its charter flight operations on March 12, 2016, after the pilot began smoking marijuana on board, the statement said.
“Our entire school community is deeply saddened and saddened to learn of the tragic loss of one student, the loss of another, the tragic accident that occurred aboard this aircraft and a tremendous loss of human life,” the King Schools statement read, in part.
“We will continue to support the students and staff of King School in their time of need.
We ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”