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US pilot Aaron Cope flies drunk from Austin to Denver, jailed 15 years

Aaron Cope, 32, was co-pilot on the December 2009 flight from Austin to Denver of a regional jet with a 70-passenger capacity   The plane Cope was co-piloting for the United Express Flight was operated by Shuttle America, a unit of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings Inc.   U.S. District Judge John Tunheim pronounced Aaron Cope guilty in a 15-page decision issued after a non-jury trial in Denver   A former airline pilot was found guilty on Friday of flying under the influence of alcohol when he was second-in-command of a United Express
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