Nippon Cargo Disciplined for "Vicious" Irregularities
Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese transport ministry took disciplinary action against Nippon Cargo Airlines under the civil aeronautics law on Friday, for its inadequate aircraft maintenance and failure to report accidents, as well as the manipulation of maintenance records.
The ministry found that the subsidiary of major shipping firm Nippon Yusen K.K. <9101>, or NYK Line, tried to cover up its violations and recognized "organizational viciousness" in the irregularities.
Condemning the inadequate maintenance as a serious violation that could have led to an aircraft accident or other severe incidents, the ministry, in an unprecedented move, stripped the company of its exemption from annual safety inspections.
As a result, the cargo carrier cannot operate its 11 aircraft unless the planes undergo the inspections every year.
Business improvement orders slapped on Nippon Cargo also include one to conduct compliance education for all employees.
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