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US court sentences drunken pilots
Thomas Cloyd (left) and Christopher Hughes
Cloyd and Hughes were stopped shortly before take-off
Two US pilots who were convicted last month of trying to fly an airliner while drunk have been sentenced to jail terms by a judge in Miami.

Thomas Cloyd, 47, was jailed for the maximum five years, while co-pilot Christopher Hughes, 44, received a two-year sentence.

They were taken off an Airbus 319 on 1 July 2002 after a security screener reported smelling alcohol on them.

Aboard the America West plane were 124 passengers and three flight attendants.

The plane was being towed to the runway when it was turned back.

22 pints

The Federal Aviation Administration, which revoked the men's pilot licences shortly after their arrest, bans pilots from drinking alcohol for eight hours before a flight.

Hughes and Cloyd arrived at Miami International Airport for a morning flight to Phoenix after a night of drinking at a Miami bar.

They left the bar at 0500 after running up a tab for 14 jumbo glasses of beer, or about 22 pints (10.5 litres), and arrived late for the 1030 take-off.

Police found the men's blood-alcohol readings over the state limit for drivers of 0.08.

America West sacked the two after their arrest.

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