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Runway eludes drunk German pilot

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Runway eludes drunk German pilot
A file photo of a pilot who was probably not drunk. Photo: DPA
12:06 CEST+02:00
A natural high proved to be too meagre for a German hobby pilot flying in the state of Thuringia over the weekend. The man got so intoxicated during his flight that officials had to send help to guide him safely to earth.

What goes up must eventually locate the airfield landing strip before coming down, but the 65-year-old became so drunk that he lost sight of the runway near the Schöngleina community, police reported.

To ensure his safe landing, the airport sent a helicopter to help guide the tanked pilot to the ground.

After the assisted landing, staff at the airfield soon smelled alcohol on the pilot and immediately informed police.

But the joyride wasn't over – the man jumped in his car and drove away, police said. Officers tracked him down after he returned home and measured his blood alcohol content 1.9 per mille, well over the legal limit.

Police clipped his wings by confiscating his driver's licence and he now faces criminal charges for his spirited performance.

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