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ANA flight delayed after copilot fails alcohol test in Kobe

TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) disclosed on Feb. 22 that one of its pilots had tested positive for alcohol in a preflight breathalyzer test early on Feb. 19.

Several ANA Group flights have been delayed since last October due to pilots testing positive for alcohol consumption before going on duty.

In the Feb. 19 case, the copilot in his 30s stayed at a hotel in the western Japan city of Kobe, where he drank one 350 milliliter can of beer and about half a can of a shochu liquor-based beverage at around 1 a.m. on the day of the flight, according to ANA.

The copilot arrived at the Kobe Airport past 6 a.m. and was found with an alcohol level of 0.05 milligrams per liter of exhaled breath. A different pilot was assigned to the service to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The flight departed from Kobe at 8:44 a.m., about an hour and 40 minutes behind schedule.

ANA prohibits crews from drinking within 24 hours of a flight.

(Japanese original by Norihito Hanamure, City News Department)

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