Airline pilot jailed for boarding flight whilst over legal alcohol limit

Airline pilot jailed for boarding flight whilst over legal alcohol limit

The man was supposed be the First Officer on a United Airlines flight (Stock image)

Friday, March 10, 2017

An airline pilot has admitted to boarding a flight while over the legal alcohol limit and been sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Carlos Roberto Licona, from Texas, was supposed to fly as first officer on a United Airlines flight to Newark, New Jersey, from Glasgow Airport.

However he was removed from the plane after security staff smelled alcohol on his breath, Paisley Sheriff Court was told.

Licona was then asked to give blood tests and breath samples before the flight in August last year. Later that day the flight took off with a new crew.

He was charged under section 93 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, which covers alcohol limits in aviation.

Licona pled guilty to the offence and was given a reduced sentence of 10 months by Sheriff David Pender because of his admission.

A United Airlines spokesman said: "We hold all of our employees to the highest standards. This pilot was immediately removed from service and his flying duties in August 2016."