Crying pilot was drunk
TAMPA, FLORIDA- A pilot that lost contact with air traffic controllers was intercepted by military jets from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and when the plane landed, authorities say the pilot was drunk and crying. Phillip Lavoie is a private cargo pilot and was flying from Tampa to North Carolina when he lost contact with controllers for an hour. A federal flight inspector and police say Lavoie smelled of alcohol when he landed. Tests show his blood alcohol content was well above the limit permitted by the FAA. Lavoie is charged with operating a common carrier under the influence of alcohol and entered an treatment program.