Pilot sentenced to six months in pris...

Pilot sentenced to six months in prison for flying plane while drunk

There are 5 comments on the Daily Mail story from Nov 5, 2011, titled Pilot sentenced to six months in prison for flying plane while drunk. In it, Daily Mail reports that:

A United Express pilot found guilty of flying a commercial flight while drunk will serve six months in federal prison.

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Since: May 08

Santee CA

#1 Nov 5, 2011
Obodzinski reportedly told Cope:'If you have any problem taking a Breathalyser, call off sick and get out of here."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-20579...

What is the penalty for aiding and abeting in the case of a man who some time later was still legally impared for a motor vehicle.
OldCapt

Denver, CO

#2 Nov 5, 2011
I have flown with several pilots who have been through the drying out process and do a stellar job. They were lucky to have someone "wave them off". But when you show up that drunk, I think you have to expect this sort of punishment.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#3 Nov 5, 2011
OldCapt wrote:
I have flown with several pilots who have been through the drying out process and do a stellar job. They were lucky to have someone "wave them off". But when you show up that drunk, I think you have to expect this sort of punishment.
There is no doubt he got punished. That sentence was not a slap on the wrist. But you don't tell a guy to go and call sick. That makes you an enabler and you're are hiding a risk. You go with the individual who goes to a manager and they admit to a problem and volunteer for a program. The supervisor will also smell the booze, and the test will be failed. But the person is enrolled in the program and will have a job after that program, and yes the jail time. You won't get off of that. What if that right seat did something that hurt or killed people. I just happen to disagree with Captain Nice Guy in this instance. Yes I drink, perhaps some would say alot. But it is always at home or with transportation set up.
OldCapt

Denver, CO

#4 Nov 6, 2011
Prost wrote:
<quoted text>There is no doubt he got punished. That sentence was not a slap on the wrist. But you don't tell a guy to go and call sick. That makes you an enabler and you're are hiding a risk. You go with the individual who goes to a manager and they admit to a problem and volunteer for a program. The supervisor will also smell the booze, and the test will be failed. But the person is enrolled in the program and will have a job after that program, and yes the jail time. You won't get off of that. What if that right seat did something that hurt or killed people. I just happen to disagree with Captain Nice Guy in this instance. Yes I drink, perhaps some would say alot. But it is always at home or with transportation set up.
I agree absolutely. You have to get the guy to the program or else!
RWG

Dillsboro, IN

#5 Nov 7, 2011
Well, at least he looks like a happy drunk.

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