American Eagle pilot charged with attempting to fly while intoxicated

An American Eagle pilot has been charged with attempting to fly while under the influence of alcohol
An American Eagle pilot has been charged with attempting to fly while under the influence of alcohol.

A pilot has been charged with being under the influence of alcohol while getting ready to fly an American Eagle plane from Minneapolis to New York City in January, a spokesman for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport said.

Kolbjorn Kristiansen had been doing preflight checks ahead of a morning flight to New York when airport police took him into custody and administered a breath test, which he failed.

Witnesses said they had smelled alcohol when they passed Kristiansen in an airport terminal. His arrest happened before passengers boarded the flight on American Eagle, a regional carrier for American Airlines.

Kristiansen was charged with three gross misdemeanors in state court after blood tests showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.09 percent, more than twice the legal limit for a pilot in the state, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said.

He was charged with operating or attempting to operate an aircraft under the influence of alcohol, operating or attempting to operate an aircraft with alcohol content of 0.04 or more and operating or attempting to operate an aircraft with alcohol content at 0.04 or more within two hours of a flight, he said.

The threshold for pilots in Minnesota is 0.04, as it is under Federal Aviation Administration rules, or about half what it would be for drivers of automobiles. The initial breath test had returned a 0.107 concentration.

Kristiansen, who is from Raleigh, N.C., was released on his own recognizance in January and is not flying.

His attorney, Peter Wold, said Tuesday he had seen a copy of the complaint and questioned the charges.

“He did nothing to attempt to fly other than being near that aircraft,” Wold said in a telephone interview. “He didn’t operate any controls. He didn’t accept any directions. He didn’t contact the control tower. I don’t understand how they think he attempted to fly an aircraft.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Local

NYPD looking for lewd D train rider

The NYPD is enlisting the public’s help to find a man they say performed a lewd act on the D train Saturday evening. The incident…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 12,…

If you've wondered whether Ali and Bethany knew each other, you got an answer tonight: Yes, and in a very tangled way. But many lingering…

Entertainment

Cymbals Eat Guitars Have Everything to 'LOSE'

At its most basic level, a rock band can be thought of as a family, a group of people selflessly devoted to a cause. When…

Entertainment

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Episode 4, 'Week Four'

Some things are hard to watch in a “Human Centipede” sort of way. Other things in an “American History X” sort of way. Does “Bachelor…

Movies

Fall Movie Preview: 10 films to see this…

Despite being awards season, the next four months bring a glut of remakes, rehashes and sequels. Here are 10 that should be better worth your time.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…

Wellbeing

Working your way to type 2 diabetes: Job…

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, a stressful job can be as risky for your health as a bad diet and no exercise. A…