Spirit Airlines Pilot, Wife Found Dead by Children After Possible Overdose

Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County coroner's office, said it was likely a lethal dose of a heroin-fentanyl mixture.

The couple has four children, three girls and a boy ages 9 to 13.

Brian Halye was a pilot for Spirit Airlines which operates out of the Cleveland-Akron Area, but does not operate at CVG.

They say the exact cause of death won't be confirmed until toxicology reports are completed in 4-6 weeks. His last flight was March 10, according to the airline.

When asked about the company's drug testing policy by CNN, an airline spokesman decline to comment.

Halye's mother, Nancy Casey, toldNBC News, that her daughter was a Type 1 diabetic, being treated for depression and had been prescribed medication.

"Captain Halye served at the airline for just over nine years", Spirit Airlines said in a statement, noting that they run random drug and alcohol tests on all employees.

"I had this awful feeling all day".

'Something was off with her and something was off with him, ' she said.

Casey's 11-year-old granddaughter found the couple the next morning, she said. She then went to wake up her mother, and when she couldn't, authorities were called.

Though authorities are still investigating, they say the deaths appear to be drug-related and are consistent with a heroin or fentanyl overdose.

The children have been placed in the care of family members, WDTN reports.

Casey described her daughter as being well-liked and "a light in the room".

Ratliff also said despite hearing this tragic story, you shouldn't feel unsafe the next time you fly.

"They just got back from a cruise and I don't know if they wanted the party to continue or something but I just don't know", she said.

  • Leroy Wright