Drunk JAL Copilot Fraudulently Slips through Alcohol Test


Tokyo, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--A male copilot of Japan Airlines <9201> who was detained in Britain last month for being drunk was found to have slipped through a preflight alcohol test by not breathing out sufficiently on to the detector, a report compiled by the airline showed Friday.

The report on the progress of JAL's investigation of the scandal and preventive steps the airline plans to take was submitted to the transport ministry.

ANA Holdings Inc. <9202> also submitted a similar report to the ministry on the same day, after a male pilot at an airline under its wing failed to board a flight due to alcohol in October, disrupting airline schedules.

"We're truly sorry," JAL President Yuji Akasaka told a press conference after submitting the report.

The JAL report also revealed that two captains who were colleagues of the copilot in question were found to have failed to perform required mutual checks of alcohol test results, suggesting that the airline's preflight testing had become a mere formality.

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