Apr 9, 2013 6:27 PM by Annie Snead

American Eagle pilot charged in alcohol incident

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An American Eagle pilot has been charged with three gross misdemeanors for allegedly failing a blood-alcohol test as he prepared to fly out of the Minneapolis airport in January.

Authorities say airport police smelled alcohol on the breath of the pilot -- Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen -- who was arrested on Jan. 4. Officials say he had a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of 0.107. The limit for commercial pilots is 0.04. He was about to operate a flight to New York City.

Kristiansen was charged today with three counts related to attempting to operate an aircraft under the influence of alcohol.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)



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