Transport Ministry Inspects JAL over Drinking Scandal

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Tokyo, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry on Tuesday launched an on-site inspection of Japan Airlines <9201> over recent heavy drinking by a JAL male copilot that led to his temporary detention by police in Britain and the delay of a flight he was scheduled to board.

The inspection targeted the major Japanese airline's operation center housed in a terminal building of Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

Through the three-day inspection through Thursday, the ministry will examine JAL's flight operations while checking the carrier's report on its in-house investigation of the drinking incident and preventive measures.

Based on the results of the on-site inspection, the ministry will consider action against JAL, such as an administrative penalty.

The copilot was detained by British police at Heathrow Airport on Oct. 28, before his duty later that day, after an alcohol level exceeding legal limits was found in his breath.

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