South African pilot jailed for being drunk before scheduled flight

South African pilot jailed for being drunk before scheduled flight

- Cape Town resident who is a British Airways pilot has been sentenced to 8 months in jail after testing more than 3 times over the alcohol limit

- Julian Monaghan has resigned as a pilot and won't fly commercially again

- Monaghan will retrain as a drone pilot and pursue a career taking aerial photos

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Capetonian Julian Monaghan was found guilty of being more than 3 times over the alcohol limit. The pilot will be spending 8 months in prison as punishment.

Monaghan is South African, but works as a pilot for the British Airlines. He would have flown an airplane with 300 passengers to the island of Mauritius to if he was not caught in time.

The 49-year old pilot was arrested in the cockpit after he failed a breath test.

According to a report by Times Live, Monaghan spent his day drinking vodka before he was scheduled to work.

A technician who was doing a routine check of the plane when he couldn't help but smell the booze on Monaghan's breath. As per the rules, he had to report the pilot to officials.

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According to the British Airways rules, their staff are prohibited from drinking 8 hours before they're supposed to report for work.

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Monaghan's breath test showed that he had more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood in his system. This amounts to more than 4 more than what is allowed limit for pilots working for the airline.

The disgraced pilot has since resigned as a pilot after he has been a pilot for 17 years with the famous airline. Monaghan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 8 months in prison.

Briefly.co.za learned that the 49-year old will serve his time and then retrain as a drone pilot and will take pictures of properties for agencies.

Monaghan will never be allowed to fly a commercial plane again.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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