A pilot who was suspected of being under the influence before taking off has been charged for three offenses, according to multiple news sources.
Kolbjorn J Kristiansen, 48, has been charged in Hennepin County District Court after attempting to fly an aircraft while under the influences of alcohol in early January, according to the Star Tribune.
Star Tribune reported that Kristiansen was found to have a blood-alcohol level of nearly 0.1. Star Tribune reported that he was removed from the American Eagle flight before taking off to New York's LaGuardia. Minneapolis KARE 11 News reported that Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police found him at around 6 a.m. right before he could take off.
KARE 11 reported that the legal alcohol consumption limit for commercial pilot in Minnesota is at 0.04, which was way under what Kristiansen was consuming. He was charged with three counts including attempting to operate an aircraft under the influence of alcohol, attempting to operate above a 0.04, and attempting to operate with alcohols content 0.04 or more within 2 hours.
Star Tribune reported that the flight was delayed 2 1/2 hours for the arrest. Star Tribune reported that twelve pilots failed the breath test in 2011.