Paul Greaney QC, who was defending jailed PIA pilot, Irfan Faiz, told the court his client was not a heavy drinker but was under a lot of stress at the time because of a kidnap threat against his family back home.
The court heard that the defendant is from a prominent family in Pakistan.
Mr Greaney also told the judge that, despite being an experienced pilot, Faiz was not aware of the drink-fly rules in the UK.
The court heard that Faiz was an experienced and well-respected pilot with 25 years' experience and an unblemished record.
Faiz admitted a charge of carrying out an ancillary aviation function while impaired by alcohol, contrary to the Railways and Transport Act 2003, at a previous hearing.
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A few thunderstorms clipped Lincolnshire on Friday night, but they have now decayed and it should be mostly just cloudy on Saturday
It's goodbye to all that mist and low cloud from Sunday.