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