ANA, ANA Wings Probed over Pilot's Drinking

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Tokyo, Nov. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry on Wednesday started on-site inspections of All Nippon Airways and ANA Wings over an ANA Wings captain's drinking that led to delays in flights.

Officials from the ministry inspected the two airlines' facilities in a terminal building of Tokyo International Airport at Haneda. ANA is the core unit of ANA Holdings Inc. <9202>. ANA Wings is fully owned by the holding company.

Based on the results of the three-day probes through Friday, the ministry will consider its response to the drinking scandal, including the possibility of slapping an administrative penalty on the ANA group.

On Oct. 25, the ANA Wings captain was unable to board a flight as he felt sick after drinking alcoholic beverages including beer on the previous day in the city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. He violated the ANA group's internal rule banning pilots' alcohol consumption within 12 hours of a flight.

The incident caused delays in five flights traveling in Okinawa.

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