American Airlines pilot arrested after flying plane drunk (video)

Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) An American Airlines pilot was preparing to fly his commercial airplane while under the influence of alcohol, according to police reports in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Authorities said that the pilot was arrested for being under the influence, as he prepared for take off. He was identified by police as 48-year-old Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen from North Carolina.

The arrest record for the American Eagle pilot said that officers and a TSA agent at a checkpoint in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, alerted police of the pilot's condition, saying that they could smell alcohol when he passed while waiting for an elevator.

Authorities said that they found him in his plane, pulled him out of the plane and had given him a breathalyzer test.

Police said that his blood alcohol content was above the alcohol limit of 0.04 percent set by state law.
After a blood test at the hospital, the pilot was booked into the Hennepin County Jail. He was later released to the airline staff.

American Airlines, the owner of American Eagle, said that the 6:00 p.m. flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York, left about two hours late with 53 passengers on board. They said the pilot would not fly while they are investigating the incident.



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