Last June first officer of Alaska Airlines, Betty Pina was paired up with a veteran captain for a three-day flight to Minneapolis. Co-pilot claims she was drugged and raped by the colleague during this trip. Pina has filed a lawsuit against the airline who allegedly failed to protect her rights and put in danger.
This trip was supposed to be a usual three-day trip with a layover in Minneapolis. As always in the hotel, there was prepared snacks and drinks in a concierge room. After a meal and time for relaxation, it was supposed to be a short overnight stay before returning back to Seattle.
That night Pina took a glass of wine with the snacks. Later her colleague captain Paul Engelien brought her the second one. And then strange things started to happen. Betty remembers that after drinking a few sips she could not keep her head up, everything around started to look blurry.
The next thing she remembers is waking up in the same vomit wet bed with a captain. Woman recalls being naked down from the waste. She recalls being conscious for a moment during the night “When I woke up, everything was hazy. I remember seeing a figure, somebody pulling at my right ankle, and rolling over and trying to say ‘No.’ And then, I was out again.”.
The security camera of the hotel recorded the captain trying to kiss Pina against her will in an elevator according to the Seattle Press. Pina ads in the interview that“ said I was incapacitated, that it took 18 to 20 minutes to get from the elevator to the room, and this whole time he’s trying to get me into the room, and I’m trying to put up whatever fight I can,”.Alaska Airlines Is Being Sued By Their Co-Pilot Who Claims That Captain Has Drugged And Raped Her
One of the flight attendants apparently saw Engelien walking down the hotel‘s hallway with a woman and two glasses of wine. She reported this to the first officer on duty. The pilot called to the Engelman‘s room who acknowledged drinking and Captain together with Pina were both called off from the morning flight. They came back to Seattle next day with a later scheduled flight.
Since the beginning of June, Pina who used to be military helicopter pilot flying combat missions to Afghanistan has been on a paid leave. She was allowed to come back to the cockpit only this January.
Pina and her lawyers have filled the lawsuit against the airline recently due to the fact that Alaska Airlines did not take any corrective actions in this situation after being served with legal complaints.