Florida: Former America West Pilots Convicted of Being Drunk in their Cockpit

Pilots Thomas Cloyd and Christopher Hughes bowed their heads when the guilty verdict was read after a two-week trial. Each man hugged weeping loved ones before being handcuffed and taken to jail.

Cloyd and Hughes were arrested July 1, 2002, as their Phoenix-bound jet was being pushed back from its gate at Miami International Airport.

Police ordered the plane to turn back and arrested the pilots after security screeners smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Hughes, and Cloyd got in an argument over his attempts to bring aboard a cup of coffee.

Judge David Young ordered both men held without bail and set sentencing for July 20, 2005.

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