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American Airlines pilot David Copeland was spared jail after admitting being over the legal limit before a flight to the US
Photo credit: Eleanor Barlow/PA Wire

American Airlines pilot David Copeland was spared jail after admitting being over the legal limit before a flight to the US Photo credit: Eleanor Barlow/PA Wire

American Airlines pilot David Copeland was spared jail after admitting being over the legal limit before a flight to the US Photo credit: Eleanor Barlow/PA Wire

A PILOT has been spared jail after admitting being over the legal limit before a flight to the US.

David Copeland, 63, had been drinking rum in his hotel room the night before he was due to fly an American Airlines plane from Manchester to Philadelphia, Minshull Street Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

But the court was told that Copeland's employers were supporting him and he hoped to be able to fly again next year if he successfully completed a treatment programme.


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