51-year-old Erwin Washington, of Colorado, was due to pilot a 767 from London to Chicago when his colleague raised the alarm. Washington was arrested and found to be three times over the limit for flying. He has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in England next month. The maximum sentences in such cases is two years in jail.
I was once partying with a group of friends, when one of them said, at 3.30 AM: I gotta go, I have to fly in the morning. As in: fly a big-ass plane.
I've worked with a hangover many a times (and I just have to type words), I shudder when I imagine a pilot with a bad hangover. Or a surgeon. Fear, I has it.