Pilot sentenced for showing up drunk

February 19, 2010 3:51:49 PM PST
United Airlines pilot has been given a 10-month, suspended jail sentence for showing up drunk for a trans-Atlantic flight.

Erwin Vermont Washington was about to take off on a flight from London to Chicago last November when a colleague smelled alcohol on his breath.

Washington was removed from the plane and a breath test found he was three times over Britain's legal alcohol limit for pilots.