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Alleged drunk Japanese pilot grounds flight

An alcohol test failed by a pilot caused two Japan Transocean air flight cancellations Saturday.

Japan Airlines, its parent company, said the pilot in his 40’s was supposed to fly a flight bound for Miyakojima Island, Okinawa, before 7 a.m.

During his pre-flight inspection at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, 0.18 milligrams of alcohol per liter were detected.

JAL group does not allow its pilots to board the aircraft if they blow over the alcohol limit of 0.1 milligrams per liter in mandatory testing.

The airline was not able to find an alternative pilot in time for the flight and another scheduled flight the drunk pilot was supposed to fly from the island.

More than 280 passengers were inconvenienced.

The company said he drank two mugs of draft beer and 720 milliliters of Japanese sake from 1 P.M. until 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The airline intends to take punitive measures against him for breaching rules on alcohol.

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