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Studies needed on why many pilots are hitting the bottle

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There seems to be no let-up in incidents involving pilots who imbibe too much alcohol before flights.

A Japan Airlines Co. co-pilot was arrested by London police last fall after attempting to board his aircraft in a state of extreme intoxication.

It was followed by a succession of revelations that pilots had been found with body alcohol levels in excess of limits during voluntary pre-flight tests by airlines.

Some misdeeds were beyond the pale.

In one case, a pilot had a colleague back up his story when he lied about how much and when he had consumed alcohol. In another, a pilot got a colleague to take the test for him instead.

A pilot needs reflex reactions to an emergency situation. Any residual alcohol could impair a pilot's ability to control the aircraft, thereby jeopardizing the lives and physical safety of passengers.

Clearly, such a situation must never be allowed to happen.

The transport ministry plans to........

© The Asahi Shimbun