An airline pilot who was so drunk he appeared to pass out in the cockpit before takeoff has been sentenced to eight months in jail.
37 year old Miroslav Gronych pleaded guilty last month to having care and control of an aircraft while he had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit.
Judge Anne Brown banned him from flying for one year after his release. She noted Gronych has been in treatment for alcoholism, has abstained from drinking since the event and has been “thoroughly shamed.”
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The judge took into account time Gronych has already spent in custody, reducing his sentence to slightly more than seven months.
On New Year’s Eve, Gronych was taken off a Sunwing flight that was to fly from Calgary to Regina and Winnipeg before going to Cancun.
Before being sentenced. Gronych addressed the court saying he cant even start to describe how ashamed he is.