A BT flight carrying 109 pax was denied permission to take off after both pilots and 2 of the 3 crew members failed an alcohol test at OSL.
The pilots and crew members have been fired and remain in police custody. The Latvia-based low-cost airline has a zero tolerance policy regarding blood alcohol.
Pax on the flight were initially told that the pilot was unwell, despite travellers tipping the police off that they thought the flight crew were tipsy. Reports suggest the pilots and crew members were drinking liquor the evening before the 5:45 a.m. flight. The charter flight was due to fly to Crete, but was delayed for almost 5 hr. while new crew were found.
The 1st officer had a high blood alcohol level of 1.2, and has pleaded guilty along with 3 fellow crew members to being drunk on duty. The airline fired all 4 and they face continued police custody, because of fears they’ll leave the country.
The head of Norway’s pilots’ association said it was only the 3rd time in 30 years that a pilot had failed a test for alcohol at a Norwegian airport. Petter Førde told NRK that no alcohol is allowed within 8 hr. of reporting for duty “but most of the airlines in Norway have much stricter regulations than that.”