- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2002

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Two America West airline pilots lost their licenses yesterday after trying to fly a jetliner while drunk.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that emergency orders taking away the licenses of Porter Cloyd, 44, and co-pilot Christopher Hughes, 41, are effective immediately.
Both pilots had blood-alcohol levels above Florida's legal limit of 0.08 after they were ordered to return to the gate their Phoenix-bound plane carrying 124 passengers on Monday morning.
A security screener alerted authorities after smelling alcohol on Mr. Cloyd and Mr. Hughes.
Mr. Hughes initially told police it was "merely mouthwash," according to police reports.
Federal regulations prohibit pilots from operating an aircraft or performing other safety-sensitive functions within eight hours of consuming alcohol or if they have an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or higher, said FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown. America West places a 12 hour limit.
Miss Brown said Mr. Cloyd and Mr. Hughes will be able to reapply for licenses after a year by meeting the same requirements they faced when they first applied.
The two pilots were charged with a felony count of operating an aircraft under the influence and operating a motor vehicle under the influence. They were released on $7,000 bond each late Monday and returned to their Arizona homes.
Arraignment was set for July 22. The pilots could face five years in prison if convicted.
A spokesman for the Cloyd family, Steve Hicks said, "We're saddened by the occurrences and the allegations made against them." Efforts to contact Mr. Hughes were unsuccessful.
Arizona police records show that Mr. Cloyd had been arrested twice for purported alcohol-related offenses while at his home in Arizona.
Two years ago, Mr. Cloyd was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after purportedly harassing his downstairs neighbor. He told police he had been "drinking a lot" before he shouted obscenities, pounded on her door and stomped on his floor, records show.
He was sentenced to two years' probation.


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