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International airlines cracking down on alcohol-abusing pilots

International travelers and safety analysts across New York and the nation are becoming increasingly concerned about alcohol abuse among pilots in the wake of a recent incident involving a pilot on a popular Japanese airline. At Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, we recognize that substance-abusing pilots endanger everyone on board their aircraft, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury because of a pilot's negligence pursue appropriate recourse.

According to Newsweek, the most recent highly publicized incident involving intoxicated pilots centered around a Japanese Airlines co-pilot who tried to enter the cockpit and fly despite having a blood-alcohol content that was more than nine times the legal limit. When others on the aircraft tried to prevent the co-pilot from flying, he told them he had already passed a Breathalyzer, but other airline workers later caught him using mouthwash in an attempt to hide the smell of alcohol from his breath.

Later, it became apparent that the intoxicated pilot had cheated his breath test, and that he had failed to take it under the watchful eye of senior pilots, which is standard procedure. Ultimately, the pilot admitted that he had consumed a full pitcher of beer and two full bottles of wine shortly before he was due to take to the air.

While the pilot in this particular incident has since lost his job, the event shines a light on a deeper problem in the industry. A spokesman for the airline acknowledged the need for tighter crackdowns onĀ pilot negligence and drunkenness and vowed that he and his team would make efforts to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. You can find more about international plane crashes on our webpage.

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