Pilot and crew grounded after they fail breathalyser test
The pilot and crew of a budget airline were pulled off a flight this morning after failing a breath test before take off.
The Latvian Air Baltic pilot and three crew members were pulled from the Greece-bound flight from Oslo this morning.
“Results of the breathalyser tests confirmed that four of the five crew members ... were above the legal alcohol limit of 0.2 promille,” Romerike police prosecutor Edith Ek Sorensen is quoted as saying.
The pilot, co-pilot and two stewardesses were taken into custody and the four Latvian nationals were also taken to hospital so blood tests could be conducted to confirm the breath tests.
It is reported that police were alerted following an anonymous tip off.
A sentence of up to two years in prison could be handed down to the crew if they are found guilty.