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Drinking pilotís alcohol level delays ANA flights

Date Posted: 2008-10-31

Itís not supposed to happen, but it did when an All Nippon Airways pilot scheduled to fly from Okinawa to Tokyo failed an alcohol breath test as he prepared for the flight.

The plane was delayed more than one and half hours as the pilot sobered up and got a green light all alcohol was gone from his system. The pilot had been drinking the night before the flight, despite the regulations that prohibit alcohol consumption 12 hours before flights. The pilot tested 0.3ml in one liter, leading to the flight delay. A half-hour later it had dropped to 0.2ml, and another half hour he was clear.

Passengers were already aboard the ANA jet when the pilot failed the test. An announcement was made in the cabin, apologizing for the flight delay, and telling passengers the pilot did not feel well.

The ANA public affairs office confirmed there have been five instances of pilots drinking within the last two months, all causing flight delays. Officials say delays are often avoided by having another pilot take the controls, but in this instance there wasnít one available.

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