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Federal Aviation Administration

Pilot caught texting during takeoff from Charlotte, NC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. An airline pilot, flying as a passenger on a recent flight from Charlotte, was caught on camera texting on his cellphone while the plane was taking off in violation of federal rules. Chad Tillman, a Charlotte resident who was on the Aug. 14 flight from Charlotte to Tampa, Fla., used his own cellphone to capture video of the unidentified pilot as he texted. The flight was operated by American Airlines, but the pilot worked for a different airline, a spokeswoman for American said. Soon after landing in Florida, Tillman wrote a letter to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to express his concern. "I am sure he is a good pilot, but even a small lapse in judgment in his...