One of the co-pilots of Japan Airlines has been arrested after being found drunk moments before flying a plane.
The Pilot arrested in London for being drunk, delaying Japan Airlines Tokyo-bound flight, a day after another Japanese carrier reported delays blamed on a hung-over pilot.
According to Agence France Presse, AFP, JAL executives told reporters that the co-pilot cleared an in-house breath test but aroused the suspicion of a bus driver taking him to the plane from Heathrow airport on Sunday.
After a second breath test before takeoff showed that he had consumed “excessive alcohol”, the co-pilot was arrested by British police and required to undergo a blood test which confirmed those results, the company said in a press release.
The incident comes only a day after All Nippon Airways revealed a hung-over pilot had caused multiple flight delays.
The male pilot in his 40s called in sick after a night of drinking, the company said.
The last-minute sickie forced the airline to delay five flights linking Okinawa island and smaller regional islands, affecting 619 passengers.
Following the two incidents, the transport ministry urged airline companies to strictly comply with rules on drinking.