JAL Copilot Detained in London for Drinking Before Duty


Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines <9201> said Thursday one of its copilots was detained at Heathrow Airport in London by local police on Sunday before his shift as his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit stipulated in Britain.

"We deeply apologize for causing anxiety and trouble," JAL said.

According to the airline, the 42-year-old copilot had consumed alcohol including beer and wine the day before his shift.

He was supposed to operate a flight departing from London for Tokyo on Sunday night with two other pilots. However, the flight was delayed for about an hour due to his detention. The plane was flown by the two pilots as a result.

No problem was detected when the copilot tested his blood alcohol level in the evening with the other two, including the captain.

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