Air Baltic pilot faces at least eight more weeks in prison

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The pilot of an Air Baltic flight from Oslo, whose crew tested positive for alcohol consumption while boarding the flight in Oslo last summer, has been ordered held in custody for at least another eight weeks. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison but has appealed.

The pilot’s first appeal, to the Eidsivating lagmannsrett, was rejected but the pilot then appealed directly to Norway’s Supreme Court. News bureau NTB reported that the Øvre Romerike local court ordered him to continue being held in prison pending a decision as to whether the high court would hear the pilot’s appeal.

He and his co-pilot were preparing to fly 109 passengers from Oslo to Crete in August when they and the Air Baltic flight’s cabin crew were all stopped by police at the gate. The police and airport officials had been tipped that the crew had been drinking heavily in the bar of the hotel where they were staying on the night before the early morning flight.

All but one of the crew members tested positive for being under the influence of alcohol, and the captain was held responsible not only for his own alcohol consumption but for failing to prevent his co-pilot and cabin crew from going on duty.

newsinenglish.no staff