Drunken Pilots

Drunken Pilots

America West pilots convicted of operating aircraft while drunk

Two former America West pilots have been convicted of operating an aircraft while drunk.

Pilot Thomas Cloyd and co-pilot Christopher Hughes face up to five years in prison when they are sentenced.

Both men bowed their heads when the verdict was read in Miami today.

They were arrested July first, 2002, as their jet bound for Phoenix was being pushed back from its gate at Miami International Airport.  Police ordered the plane to turn back after security screeners smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Hughes.

Testimony indicated that the two men drank 14 beers between them several hours before the flight.