More pilot drinking trouble in Japan, as an ANA pilot was caught drinking then asked his co-pilot to cover for him and lie about it.
The two pilots were out drinking the night before their flight. Both were scheduled to fly from Osaka to Miyazaki at 7:00AM the following morning. While one pilot stopped drinking alcohol at 7:00PM in accordance with ANA’s 12-hour pre-flight ban on alcohol for pilots and flight crew, the other continued to drink.
In light of the huge embarrassment over drunkenness on JAL, both ANA and JAL have cracked down on in-flight drinking. To that end, breathalyzer tests are frequent and in many cases administered by the airline long before any government officials can.
All Nippon Airways performed an internal investigation and found the pilot consumed beverages until about 9:30PM the night before the flight, drinking beer and other alcohol beverages. Apparently, the co-pilot initially lied and said both men stopped drinking at the designated cutoff. I suspect CCTV footage or time stamps on restaurant/bar bills showed otherwise.
The pilot flies for ANA Wings Co, a subsidiary fo ANA. As a result of the sobriety issue, a replacement pilot was summoned, though that delayed the flight. As usually happens, a ripple-effect delayed five flights and 677 passengers. Hope the extra beer was worthwhile…
The pilot should be fired because he knew better. But what about the co-pilot? If one of my employees lies to me they are out. Immediately.
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