Lawrence B. Russell, a pilot found over the alcohol limit before his New York flight, gets 10 months in jail.

London: The pilot who arrived drunk before the plane landed was jailed for 10 months. The pilot of a Delta Airlines flight from Scotland to the US got the job. Lawrence Russell (63), the pilot of the Boeing 767 flight to New York, was sentenced to prison. The incident happened on June 16 last year.

The pilot was arrested after failing a breathalyser test. A blood sample was tested and found to be more than twice the legal limit. Russell’s sample contained at least 49mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The pilot arrived at the airport 80 minutes before the flight took off.

Lawrence Russell pleaded guilty in court. The court pointed out that Russell’s behavior would have endangered the lives of many people. The consequences could have been disastrous. He showed complete disregard for the safety of his passengers and crew. The court took the charges seriously.