The sections of the Criminal Code that prohibit impaired driving of vehicles on our roadways also apply to impaired operation of aircraft.
On December 31, 2016, the pilot of a plane set to take off from Calgary was removed from the plane after passing out in the cockpit. His blood alcohol levels exceeded three times the legal limit to operate a vehicle, or aircraft. In addition to the co-pilot and other flight crew, there were approximately 100 passengers on board.
Last month, the pilot pleaded guilty to having ‘care and control of an aircraft while intoxicated.’ The Crown sought 1 year jail; defence sought a 3-6 month jail sentence. Today, a judge imposed a sentence of 8 months’ jail – one of the few cases of its type in Canadian law.