Cape Town pilot jailed after arriving drunk for Mauritius flight

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 14, 2018

"The limits are pitched deliberately low because of the responsibility which attaches to the job".

She added: "The safety of passengers and public confidence in pilots is critical".

"The people who live on the flight path are entitled to feel they are safe".

British Airways was warned seven years ago that Monaghan posed a safety risk after he was involved in a drunken argument in a bar.

The court had been told he had one glass of wine on an overnight flight to Gatwick from Cape Town, on which he travelled as a passenger.

The court heard Monaghan had since remembered drinking three miniature bottles of vodka.

Monaghan insisted he obeyed by the airline's eight hour "bottle to throttle rule", which forbids pilots from drinking for that period of time before going on duty, and claimed he "felt fine".

Monaghan, who initially queried the test results, resigned two months after being arrested when further tests confirmed they were accurate.

Amy Packham, prosecuting, said the reading taken at 10.30pm remained so high that he must have drunk a "significant amount" just before the eight-hour limit.

The 12-hour flight had been scheduled to leave at 20:20 GMT, but the plane was left waiting at the gate while airline staff looked for a third pilot.

After he was arrested aboard the jet due to take off at 8.20pm police found a reading of 86mg of alcohol per 100mg of blood.

"Certainly he will never fly as a commercial pilot again".

Mr Jones said four times over the limit "sounds terrible", but there was no evidence his conduct caused direct harm, adding: "He was not falling down drunk, making mistakes, being rude, picking fights".

Det Con Stuart Macpherson, of Sussex Police, said: "Had Monaghan been required to take control of the aircraft in the event of an emergency on the flight deck in the early stages of the flight, his judgement and abilities would have been impaired".

A British Airways spokeswoman said: "This behaviour is completely unacceptable and not what we expect from our highly professional fleet of pilots". The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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