Continental Fires a Pilot for Reported Alcohol Use

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Continental Airlines has fired a pilot who tested positive for alcohol after being removed from an aircraft in Houston.

Continental says the pilot initially was removed from duty after Sunday's incident.

The carrier says a co-worker riding an employee bus with the captain, bound for the airport terminal, smelled alcohol on the pilot's breath -- and reported it.

Houston-based Continental says the captain tested above the legal limits for alcohol. Figures weren't released.

The carrier says the pilot had been scheduled for Flight 706 from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport to Tampa, Florida.

Continental says the pilot was removed from the jet before passengers boarded.

His name wasn't immediately released.