Drunk pilot jailed for nine months

A Pakistani pilot who was found to be over three times Britain’s legal alcohol limit for flying just before he was due to take off with 156 people aboard, was jailed for nine months yesterday.

Irfan Faiz, 55, a pilot with Pakistan International Airlines, was set to fly an Airbus from Leeds Bradford Airport to Islamabad in September, but staff ordered him from the cockpit after noticing he was wobbly and smelled of alcohol.

He later told police he had had three-quarters of a bottle of whiskey but had stopped drinking at 2am before the flight at 9.10am. Pakistan flight rules stipulate a 12-hour period between drinking and flying.

Under British law, pilots can only have a limit of 9 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. Faiz’s levels initially came in at 41 microgrammes.

Leeds Crown Court heard Faiz, who admitted being over the limit, had a clean record.


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