SAS pilot fails alcohol test, returns to work

Morning flight from Oslo for Copenhagen delayed
A SAS flight scheduled to leave Oslo for Copenhagen was delayed on Monday morning when the pilot failed a strict blood alcohol test. But he was later released to continue working.
The Norwegian pilot, in his 50s, was taken away by police after failing the test but later released after a second test that showed his blood alcohol level was zero.
“The captain had a blood alcohol of 0.1 per thousand, which is within the legal limit,” police spokesman Kristian Loraas told VG. “But because there are stricter requirements for those providing services in the air, we had to take him with us.”
Another pilot was found at short notice to fly to Copenhagen, but anyway the original pilot had been exonerated and would be allowed to return to work, Knut Morten Johansen, head of SAS media relations in Norway, told The Local.
“As I understand it, it’s not a case anymore. They don’t have a case,” he said.
Last year, the co-pilot of an airBaltic plane was arrested at Oslo Gardermoen before the take-off of a flight to Greece, with a blood alcohol level of 1.35 parts per thousand, over seven times the legal limit. He was jailed in September 2015 for 10 months.
The Local


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