Passenger jet pilot pleads guilty to flying while over alcohol limit

An airline pilot has pleaded guilty to flying from Spain to England while three times over the alcohol limit.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard that he after landing at Norwich airport he failed a breathalyser test, which showed he had 31 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

The limit for pilots is just 9 microgramme, while for drivers it is 35.

The case was sent to the Crown Court for sentencing.

The offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

The incident occurred just two days after a Flybe pilot was arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit. The Flybe pilot, who was due to to fly from Newquay to London, is currently on police bail until December 8.

Last year, a PIA pilot failed a breathalyser by being more than four times over the alcohol limit for flying just before he was due to take off from Leeds Bradford airport with 156 passengers on board. He was jailed for nine months.

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