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airBaltic flight crew caught drunk on the job to be fired

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUairBaltic airline has dismissed four flight crew who were caught drunk during Oslo – Haanja. Papers are being prepared to fire them.

In addition, airBaltic has adopted additional security checks in order to prevent repetition of what happened on 8 August, when multiple flight crew were prohibited to climb on board to the flight from Oslo to Haanja because they were found drunk.

Norwegian Court has decided to keep the four detained airBaltic personnel under arrest earlier this week, as reported by NTB.

Media report that the detained flight crew consists of Latvian citizens.

On Saturday, alcohol tests carried out for the pilot, first officer and two stewards found that their alcohol level in the blood exceeded the allowed level of 0.2 promilles.

Blood test results showed the pilot had 0.4 promilles of alcohol and the first officer – 1.2 promilles, as reported by NTB with reference to police.

The crew admitted drinking alcohol on Friday and later appearing at work while drunk.

The 50-year-old pilot said in court that that was ‘a mistake that ruined his family’s future’. Nevertheless, he and the first officer immediately appealed the court’s ruling to keep them under arrest for two weeks.

Both stewards, whose alcohol level in the blood was 0.4 and 0.8 promilles, have been put under arrest for one week.

Media report that this measure was applied in order to make sure these people do not leave Norway and thereby avoid appearing on future court hearings.

According to Norwegian authorities, airBaltic crew may face prison sentence up to two years.

The flight crew was supposed to pilot a Boeing 737 owned by Star Tour with 109 passengers to Crete.

NRK reports that the police were informed about airBaltic crew’s night of consuming alcohol by employees of the hotel the crew was staying in.

In response to this information, alcohol tests were carried out the morning before departure. Tests revealed exceeded concentration of alcohol in the blood.

Only one of the stewards showed no signs of alcohol intoxication. The four remaining members of the crew were arrested.


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