United Airlines: a pilot checked drunk before takeoff at Paris-CDG

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A american pilot was checked drunk at the airport Paris-Charles-de-Gaulleas he prepared to take control of a Boeing 777 with 267 passengers bound for Dallas, USA.

Last Sunday, the air transport gendarmerie checked the alcohol level of a United Airlines crew at Paris airport, one hour before take-off. The Captain, an American national, tested positive on a breathalyzer at 1.12 g/l. A blood alcohol level well above the legal limit.

Placed in police custody, he was tried on Tuesday in an immediate appearance at the Bobigny court. In addition to a six-month suspended prison sentence, he was sentenced to a one-year suspension of his flight license and a fine of 4,500 euros. According The Parisian who revealed the incident, the sixty-year-old pilot denied having drunk too much and claimed to have only drunk two glasses of wine before the president of the Bobigny court.

The gendarmes noted that he had pasty mouth, glassy eyes and difficulty speaking“, wrote the prosecutor of Bobigny Eric Mathais on the social network Twitter, renamed X. “To my knowledge, this is a first at Roissy airport and at the Bobigny court. The fight against the dangerousness of alcohol in means of transport is also, and oh so, in air transport!“, he added .

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