Transcript for JetBlue Pilot Faces Federal Charges for Allegedly Piloting 2 Flights While Drunk
Next, this evening, to an air scare. Authorities say a pilot driving drunk. That pilot now facing charges for getting behind the controls, twice in one day. Authorities say two flights across the country. ABC's David Kerley, outside the courtroom. Reporter: Former jet blue pilot Dennis Murphy wasn't talking as he left federal court, charged with operating a passenger jetliner under the influence. Did you put 270 passengers at risk? No comment. Reporter: Murphy allegedly failing a random breathalyzer test with a level of .11. That's higher than the driving limit of .08, and nearly three times the limit for pilots. While it is unclear who was on the radio. Hey, tower, jet blue a 583, did we check in, I can't remember. Clear to left. Reporter: Court documents allege Murphy was at the controls on a flight from new York to Orlando. A total of 270 passengers. But before and during both flights, the other pilot told federal agents he saw Murphy drinking an unknown beverage from a cup. Pilots know that if they're going to consume alcohol in an airplane or be drunk in an airplane, they're endangering themselves and their passengers. Reporter: Just last month in Detroit, a pilot, allegedly under the influence, was arrested on the tarmac, as passengers in his jetliner watched. In fact, nearly once every month, 11 times a year, a pilot violating the drug and alcohol policy. Murphy, who resigned after this incident a year ago, faces up to 15-year-olds in prison. David? David Kerley was us tonight. David, thank you.
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