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Budget airline cancels flight after pilot and crew fail breathalyser test

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A LATVIAN AIR Baltic pilot and three crew members were pulled off a Greece-bound passenger plane in Oslo today after failing a breathalyser test before take-off, Norwegian police said.

“Results of the breathalyser tests confirmed that four of the five crew members … were above the legal alcohol limit,” Romerike police prosecutor Edith Ek Sorensen told AFP.

The pilot, co-pilot and two stewardesses — all from Latvia and employed by airBaltic – were taken into police custody and escorted to hospital for blood tests to confirm the breathalyser tests.

Results are expected later.

Sorensen said police had acted after receiving a tipoff from an anonymous caller around 4am (2am GMT).

The four risk up to two years in prison if found guilty.

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Sorensen would not comment on the flight’s destination, but Norwegian daily Dagbladet said it was a tour group flight operated by the Norwegian group Startour headed for Chania, Greece, with 109 passengers on board.

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