United Express Pilot Indicted For Flying After Drinking | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 04.16.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.16.14 **
** Airborne 04.14.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.14.14 **
** Airborne 04.11.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 04.11.14 **

Sat, Mar 19, 2011

United Express Pilot Indicted For Flying After Drinking

Regional Airline First Officer Faces Possible 15 Year Prison Sentence

Aaron Jason Cope, age 32, of Norfolk, VA, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Colorado late Wednesday on one count of operation of a common carrier under the influence of alcohol.

According to the indictment, on December 8, 2009, Cope unlawfully operated and directed the operation of an commercial aircraft while under the influence of alcohol. Cope was second in command, meaning he was the co–pilot and first officer, on United Express Flight #7687, operated by Shuttle America, Inc. The flight went from Austin, Texas, to Denver, Colorado.

“The message this case sends is simple, pilots who drink and fly will be prosecuted and face incarceration,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh in a news release Thursday. Walsh made the announcement in conjunction with U.S. DOT, Office of the Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Max Smith. DOT IG Special Agents are in the process of locating Cope.
           
“The Inspector General and DOT take aviation safety very seriously," said Smith. "Those who have been granted the privilege of being issued a commercial pilot’s license have an obligation to the public they serve and those who violate the public trust will be dealt with appropriately under the law.”

If convicted, Cope faces not more than 15 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine. This case is being investigated by the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General, and the FAA, with full cooperation by Shuttle America. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Mackey and Mark Pestal.

Walsh said these charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

FMI: www.justice.gov/usao/co/

Advertisement

More News

Aero-TV: Active Winglets -- Tamarack Aerospace Partners with Cessna

Innovative Aerodynamic Technologies Produce Game-Changing Results At the NBAA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Tamarack Aerospac>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.14)

Seawings The largest flying boat reference web site and home of the flying boat -- in detail -- on the web; specializes in providing information for the scale modeler in the form o>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.14): Density Altitude

Pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature. Density altitude is used in computing the performance of an aircraft and its engines.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.16.14)

“This upgrade is an important step in laying the foundation for the NextGen system, which provides controllers a much more precise view of the airspace, gives pilots much mor>[...]

ANN FAQ: ANN's News Portal Syndication Program

Get A Customized ANN News Portal For YOUR Website! As we promised, the ever-so-busy software geeks at ANN have been working overtime on a number of cool new tools and toys... and t>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC