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Feb 18, 2010 9:11 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Fired, drunk pilot reaches settlement

A pilots union and Frontier Airlines have reached a settlement in a lawsuit for a pilot who was fired after an alcohol test came back positive.

The Frontier Airlines Pilots Association and Frontier Airlines, Inc. filed court documents in Denver federal court this week that said they had reached a settlement but details were not disclosed.

Attorneys for both parties said they would file for a stipulated dismissal of the case by March 12. The pilots union says Capt. Gilbert Ponder was fired Oct. 1, 2008, after taking an alcohol test Sept. 25, 2008.

The union said an arbitrator concluded that while the termination was justified, Ponder should get a chance for conditional reinstatement.

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