Pilot charged with DUI avoids jail time, sentenced to five years probation

VIERA, Fla. – A judge Thursday sentenced a 58-year-old Satellite Beach man who investigators say tried taking off in a small plane while drunk and crashing it into a building at the Melbourne Airport with his son in the cockpit.

Christopher Hall was sentenced to five years probation and must surrender his pilot's license.

He cannot re-apply for the license until the sentence is over and complete 50 hours of community service, the judge said.

Hall also cannot possess or consume alcohol, must submit to regular testing and must pay a $575 fee to the Orlando Melbourne International Airport Police Department.

State prosecutors asked the judge to put Hall in jail for endangering the life of his son who was 10-years-old when the crash happened in May 2015.

Hall pleaded no contest to state charges of child neglect and operating an aircraft while under the influence.

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