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JAL co-pilot replaced after failing preflight alcohol test

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TOKYO -- Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) announced on Aug. 13 that it replaced a co-pilot after he failed a preflight alcohol test ahead of a domestic flight on Aug. 10.

The afternoon flight from Kagoshima in southwestern Japan to Haneda Airport in Tokyo was operated without delay.

According to the national flag carrier based in the capital, the 54-year-old co-pilot was having lunch at a hotel at around 2 p.m. on Aug. 10 when he drank sake after taking it for water.

On Aug. 12, the company marked the 34th anniversary of the 1985 JAL jumbo jet crash into mountains in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, which claimed the lives of 520 people.

JAL President Yuji Akasaka apologized over the recent series of drinking scandals that day.

(Japanese original by Atsushi Matsumoto, City News Department)

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