Delta suspends GA pilot charged with plane assault

AP News
Posted: Nov 12, 2009 4:57 PM

Delta Air Lines has suspended a pilot who was charged with trying to strike officers with his plane at a Georgia airport.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said Thursday that 48-year-old Dan Wayne Gryder is suspended pending the investigation's completion. Gryder is a Delta pilot and private aircraft instructor.

The Griffin-Spalding Airport was shut down for 45 minutes Wednesday after police said Gryder drove his car across the runway and taxiway, boarded his private plane and threatened to strike officers with the aircraft.

Deputies ordered him to stop but he continued to taxi. He tried to take off but didn't have enough fuel. Gryder is charged with aggravated assault and obstruction.

Griffin is about 35 miles south of Atlanta.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,