British Airways pilot jailed after drinking three double vodkas


Staff member
13 September 2012
A British Airways pilot has been jailed for 8 months after he turned up for work to fly to Mauritius from Gatwick Airport after drinking three double vodkas.


Julian Monaghan boarded a plane to Mauritius at Gatwick Airport but was led away in handcuffs after colleagues smelt alcohol and called police.

He had 86mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system in January - the legal limit for a pilot is 20mg.

Monaghan, 49, admitted being over the prescribed limit and was jailed for eight months at Lewes Crown Court.

During sentencing Judge Janet Waddicor told Monaghan, who resigned from his British Airways job, "you took a risk and it didn't pay off because you were caught".

"You are in charge of a huge aircraft. The safety, if not the lives, indeed, of passengers and crew members are in the hands of the pilot. They are entitled to feel that they are safe."

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