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Drunk attendant blamed for canceled flight

Published On: Feb 24 2012 10:27:17 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2012 10:29:47 AM CST
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A flight attendant for Pinnacle Airlines was so drunk she caused the cancellation of the flight she was scheduled to work last weekend.

Mary Jean Bongers, a 51-year-old from Coon Rapids, Minn., was removed from the Delta Connection flight from Grand Forks, N.D., to Minneapolis, according to the Associated Press.

The flight was scheduled to depart at 1 p.m. Sunday, but Bongers was so drunk that she repeatedly failed to correctly recite the alphabet and spell her own name, police told the Star Tribune.

The understaffed flight was ultimately cancelled and its 30 passengers put on later flights.

Police said Bongers' blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit for driving in North Dakota, although she maintained she wasn't drunk.

Pinnacle spokesman Joe Williams said the flight attendant was removed from duty.

Both the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating, MyFoxTwinCities.com reported.

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