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Drunk pilot given prison sentence


Pilot passed out in cockpit of low-cost carrier
A drunk pilot who passed out in the cockpit of a Canadian low-cost carrier before take-off has been sentenced to eight months in prison.
The Sunwing Airlines flight was scheduled to depart from Calgary in December to fly to Regina and Winnipeg before continuing to Cancun, Mexico.
Miroslav Gronych, 37, a Slovakian national in Canada on a work visa, is also banned from flying for one year. He pleaded guilty to having control of an aircraft with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.
The court heard that when Gronych boarded on the plane, he struggled to hang up his coat and was slurring his words. In passing the prison sentence, the judge said she wanted to deter pilots around the world from showing up to work impaired.
“He has abstained since his offence and, now realizing the devastation caused by his addiction, has committed to abstain for life,” said the judge. “Mr Gronych’s offence has been the subject of widespread international publicity. He has been thoroughly shamed, especially in Canada where he has been working, and at home in Slovakia.”
Last year, two pilots with another Canadian airline, Air Transat, were arrested for allegedly being drunk before boarding a transatlantic flight from Scotland.
The Canadian Press


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