Latvian co-pilot sentenced to prison after drinking whiskey before a flight
A Latvian co-pilot, who admitted drinking two bottles of whiskey with two colleagues before an airline flight of AirBaltic from Norway to Crete, was sentenced to six months in prison. The other two crew members received sentences of 45 and 60 days in prison.
The 38-year old co-pilot was tested with a high level of alcohol in his blood of around seven times more than the legal limit. The airplane’s crew was tested by Norwegian Police after an anonymous report.
In Court, the man said he lost control of the situation describing how on the 7th of August at 3.00 p.m. the three crew members started drinking and agreed to stop drinking at 8.00 p.m. but lost control as they were tired after three consecutive flights. By 2.00 at night, the co-pilot was still drinking some four hours before the flight which had 100 passengers on board.
The co-pilot was first sentenced to eight months in prison, but the sentence was reduced after he admitted the charges.
The captain of the flight, who had twice the accepted level of alcohol when tested, is expected to be arraigned in Court in September.
The airline, AirBaltic, has introduced new measures for its crews, a breathelyser test for crew members and is considering the dismissal of the three accused officers.