The pilot in question, named by the U.S. Department of Justice as Adam Roger Asleson, has been charged with falsifying information recorded within official medical records held by the Federal Aviation Administration. The company has confirmed that Asleson is no longer employed actively as a pilot.
A Delta Air Lines pilot has been formally charged with misleading government authorities with regards to his mental health status, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports. The Delta pilot in question has been named in a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice as Adam Roger Asleson. Asleson been indicted – along with four other men – for falsifying information recorded within medical files held by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The outlet reports that, “The FAA alleges that Asleson, who joined Delta in 2017 according to his Facebook page, omitted that he had sought help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for what the indictment described as a “major depressive disorder.” Asleson was formerly a pilot with the U.S. Air Force.
Rather than report this episode and reveal his mental health status, it is reported that Asleson is alleged to have instead informed the agency that he had claimed disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for tinnitus and knee strain.
The charges have been brought against Asleson just as the two government agencies have begun to verify the health information shared by pilots with that held by the VA.
The outlet reports that Asleson’s attorney was not able to be reached for comment and it has been confirmed that he is no longer on active flying duty with the airline.
Commenting on the incident, Catherine Simmons, a spokesperson for Delta was quoted as saying, “Delta pilots are held to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity. Once made aware of the situation, we opened an internal investigation and are working cooperatively with the authorities.”
Records indicate that while Asleson was initially arrested on August 28, he was released on bail. His first court hearing will take place early next month in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
If convicted, he could serve up to five years in prison and could be served a fine of $250,000.