A pilot has been jailed after attempted to fly 156 people to Pakistan despite being three times over the alcohol limit, a court heard, as a judge warned foreign pilots may regularly be flying in Britain drunk.
Irfan Faiz, 55, was found to be over the legal alcohol level after undergoing a breath test during preflight checks in the cockpit of an Airbus at Leeds Bradford Airport.
He admitted at the time he had consumed three-quarters of a bottle of whiskey but claimed he was alright to fly because he had stopped drinking 12 hours from “bottle to throttle”.
Guidance under Pakistan flight rules states this is an appropriate amount of time to leave between drinking and flying, regardless of how much alcohol is consumed, the court heard.
Sentencing Faiz to nine months in prison at Leeds Crown Court, Mr Justice Coulson said it was ”extraordinary” that rules in Pakistan only state there should be a 12-hour gap.