Federal Way pilot convicted of flying while intoxicated
A Federal Way pilot has been convicted of flying under the influence after he overshot an airport by 50 miles.
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — A Federal Way pilot who overshot the Spokane airport by 50 miles has been convicted of flying while intoxicated.
A federal jury last week convicted Paul R. Roessler, 48, of operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol, the Spokesman Review reported.
Roessler was flying for Seattle-based Airpac Airlines in April 2012 when air traffic controllers couldn’t reach him.
Eventually, he contacted the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center and said he’d accidentally shut off communications.
Air controllers told him he’d overflown Spokane by 50 miles and asked if he was going to return, court papers say. He said he would.
Approaching Spokane, he was told he was cleared to land on Runway 25, but he lined up to land on another runway, court papers say.
After Roessler landed, law-enforcement personnel smelled alcohol on his breath. His blood-alcohol level registered at 0.108 percent. The legal limit for operating an aircraft is 0.04 percent. When sentenced in July, Roessler faces up to 15 years in prison. His commercial pilot’s license has been revoked.
An earlier version of this story originally published April 30 reported the legal blood-alcohol limit is .08 percent. That is the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. Federal aviation regulations state no person may operate an aircraft with a blood alcohol content of .04 percent or greater.