Tuesday 19 November 2019

Pilot who passed out in cockpit after drinking bottle of vodka jailed for eight months

He was reporting for duty on New Year's Eve

His blood alcohol level was said to be three times the legal limit
His blood alcohol level was said to be three times the legal limit
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A pilot who drank a bottle of vodka before passing out in the cockpit of the airplane has been jailed for eight months.

Miroslav Gronych (37) was more than three times the legal limit when he reported for duty on New Year's Eve.

He pleaded guilty in a Canadian court to being under the influence of alcohol while being in the care and control of an aircraft.

Mr Gronych was escorted off the Sunwing Airlines plane he was due to fly from Calgary in Canada to Cancun in Mexico.

His defence lawyer said the father-of-two had taken "a couple of shots of vodka and a Tylenol" before going to sleep the night before the flight, as he "felt like he was coming down with a cold".

Reports say he was slurring his words and staggering when he boarded the plane.

The man, who is originally from Slovakia, has since lost his job and has been banned from flying for one year after his release.

Prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood said: "It is a clear message to pilots that if you drink alcohol and you fly a plane, you're going to be met with a period of incarceration."

She added: "Don't fly drunk. It's pretty simple."

Sunwing Airlines said it has a zero-tolerance policy on crew members consuming alcohol within 12 hours of going on duty.

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