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Charge framed against sacked Finnair pilot

10 Dec 2018, 20:32 ( 6 Months ago) | updated: 11 Dec 2018, 11:59 ( 6 Months ago)

DF Report
Photo Source Finnair.

A pilot of the national flag carrier Finnair who was sacked on charge of being allegedly drunk in mid-August is now facing trial in the Vantaa court, reported the national broadcaster Yle quoting local media.

The pilot was charged with intoxication during duty.

The pilot has been prevented from operating the aircraft for being "under the influence" of alcohol at Helsinki airport just before the flight scheduled for Rome on August 15.

A fellow Finnair worker informed the authorities of the suspected drunkenness of the pilot resulting in the flight delayed by about an hour and a half.

The Finnair authorities terminated the pilot after the incident.

The police alcometer test showed 1.5 per-mille for the pilot. The rest of the crew gave zero levels.

According to the Finnish law, the per mille limit for prosecution in aviation is 0.5 and could bring fines or imprisonment of up to two years.