A pilot who was three times over the alcohol limit in the cockpit of a Boeing 747 at Heathrow was spared jail yesterday after pleas from his bosses.
Jefferson Inman, 44, was given a suspended sentence which means he could be able to resume flying after therapy.
The American father of two was acting as First Officer when he was arrested on the flight deck of a United Airlines plane preparing to take off for San Francisco.
Police, called in by worried ground staff, breathalyzed him and he was led off Flight 955 in front of stunned passengers.
Blood results revealed that he had 60mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.
The legal limit for pilots who are about to fly a commercial plane is 20mg – the UK drink-driving limit is 80mg.
The flight was delayed for nearly three hours as United Airlines searched for another pilot…
…Inman, who lives in Hawaii, was also supported by a host of character references from colleagues. They described him as an ‘expert pilot’ whose skills could be called upon in any situation…