Southwest Airlines has canceled flights to and from Georgia after a pilot was found to have an illegal substance in his system.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Monday that the pilot was in “stable condition” at a Georgia hospital and was released from the hospital after testing positive for an illicit substance.
The FAA said that the pilots actions were not considered in a medical evacuation, which is considered in emergency situations when the aircraft’s crew member is at serious risk.
Southwest spokeswoman Lauren DePace said in an email that the company was “monitoring the situation” and would not comment further.
A spokesman for the Georgia Department of Public Safety said the pilot tested positive for a substance that can cause respiratory problems and that a medical alert was issued.
The spokesman said it was too early to comment on whether the pilot would be disciplined.
The Georgia Medical Board, which regulates the medical care of pilots, said in April that it had suspended the pilot’s license pending further review of the incident.
A pilot with Southwest, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation, said the plane was traveling to Atlanta when the pilot found himself on the ground.
He said the airplane was heading from Phoenix to Atlanta but was headed west.