Co-Pilot in Violation of Alcohol Consumption Regulation
On October 28, 2018, a Japan Airlines co-pilot scheduled to board flight JL044 from London Heathrow Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport failed a breath test in violation of UK`s Aviation Law (Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003), which showed he had excessive alcohol. The individual was arrested by the police and gave a sample of blood to be tested.
On November 1 (5:00AM Japan Time), the company received an official notification from the local authorities following the results of a blood test, which concluded that the co-pilot was in violation by seeking to fly with a blood alcohol reading in excess of the permitted level; ultimately resulting in the prosecution of the individual.
The flight from London-Heathrow was conducted within regulations under a safe operational environment, resulting in a flight delay of 1 hour and 9 minutes. The Company sincerely apologizes to the passengers and to all affected by the employee`s actions.
The Company does not condone the individual`s actions and takes this violation seriously, as safety remains our utmost priority. We will implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrence and to regain our customer`s trust.
November 1, 2018