An airBaltic flight taking off from Oslo, Norway was delayed for almost five hours after nearly the entire crew had to be removed for being intoxicated.
According to the Associated Press, four out of the five crew members blew over the legal limit of 0.2.
The captain, first officer, and two flight attendants were taken off the flight and escorted to a police car while 102 passengers, who were told the pilot was “unwell”, waited patiently for their replacements.
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“Zero tolerance means no alcohol,” vice president of corporate communications Janis Vanags said. “It’s very straightforward – safety is our number one priority.”
“There has been an initial test and that is being followed up with more detailed tests. When we have the results we will take appropriate action.”
The four crew members now face up to two years in prison.
AirBaltic released a statement that read in part:
“The Latvian airline airBaltic regrets to inform that its flight BT7843 from Oslo, Norway, to Chania on the Greek Island of Crete was delayed by 4:45 hours due to its crew removed from operating the flight. According to the currently available information, four out of five crew are under initial suspicion for alcohol abuse, and they are now undergoing a careful medical examination to determine the actual blood alcohol levels.
Safety is our top priority and airBaltic is in process of careful investigation of this situation. airBaltic has several layers of control mechanism to ensure the safety of all airBaltic-operated flights. Procedures are in place to ensure potential mistakes of human factor are addressed. airBaltic has temporarily suspended the involved four crew until the investigation is completed.”
AirBaltic Flight FLIGHT DELAYED & THE CREW REMOVED For BEING TOO BOOZED UP TO FLY