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Pilot arrested, accused of being drunk

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An American Eagle pilot is out of jail after he was arrested in the cockpit before a flight and accused of being under the influence of alcohol.

Officers removed the captain, Kolbjorn Kristiansen, 48, from the plane at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport Friday as he was conducting pre-flight checks before passengers boarded.

A TSA agent reported the pilot smelled like alcohol.

He allegedly failed a breathalyzer test.

Aviation expert, Denny Kelly, says his contacts tell him the pilot blew a .04 on the test.

".04 .. while it is one half of the legal limit for an automobile driver, an airplane is going 4 times as fast, or five times as fast as an automobile... And when you're flying a high speed airplane with passengers' lives at stake, you don't need to be impaired, period. It's just that simple. It's criminal," said Kelly.

Kelly believes the carrier will eventually fire the pilot.

American Eagle suspended him pending the completion of the investigation.

As for the flight, it landed in New York, two hours late.

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