Norway Jails Whisky-Drinking Co-Pilot

The airline airBaltic says it is introducing new safety measures including increasing breathalyser tests for all "safety-critical personnel."

The airline airBaltic says it is introducing new safety measures including increasing breathalyser tests for all

The airline airBaltic says it is introducing new safety measures including increasing breathalyser tests for all “safety-critical personnel.”

A Latvian co-pilot who admitted drinking whisky and beer hours before an airBaltic flight from Norway to Crete with 100 passengers on board has been jailed for six months. Two flight attendants were also given prison sentences of 45 and 60 days respectively. The co-pilot, 38, was found to have a blood alcohol level of almost seven times the legal limit. He told the court that he and his colleagues had downed two bottles of whisky before he began drinking beer. “We lost control,” the man told the court on Monday, explaining his blood alcohol reading of 1.35mg of ethanol per millilitre of blood, far over the 0.2mg limit. The crew were tested by Norwegian police after an anonymous tip off. He was initially sentenced to eight months in jail but that was reduced to six because he admitted the charges. He is yet to decide wether to appeal. The plane’s 50 year old captain is also being held in custody and faces trial on 17 September. He denies some of the charges against him. Reports suggest his blood alcohol level was more than double the limit, at 0.5mg. The airline said all four had been suspended and it was seeking their dismissal.

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