Drunk commercial airline pilot sentenced to 8 months imprisonment in Canada

  • A pilot was sentenced to 8 months in jail for reporting to work drunk
  • The pilot was so drunk he appeared to pass out inside the cockpit
  • The judge also slapped the pilot with a one-year flying ban after his release

A commercial airline pilot who tried to fly a plane while he was so drunk was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment in Canada.

As mentioned in The Star, 37-year-old Miroslav Gronych, a Slovakian national pilot of Sunwing Airlines jet, was so drunk he appeared to pass out inside the cockpit prior to takeoff on December 31 last year. He was escorted out of the plane that was supposed to fly to Regina and Winnipeg in Canada before continuing to Cancun, Mexico.

Gronych was found to have blood-alcohol level that was three times the legal limit.

Judge Anne Brown also slapped the pilot with a one-year ban to fly after his release.

“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,” Prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood said.

“I think eight months sends a pretty clear message that [the judge] agrees denunciation and deterrence are really important here. Don’t fly drunk. It’s pretty simple,” Greenwood added.

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

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