Pilot fails breathalyzer in Japan, delays 5 flights after ANA is forced to switch crews

A Japanese pilot for All Nippon Airways’ domestic subsidiary ANA Wings delayed five flights after failing a breathalyzer test Thursday, according to Britain’s Independent and The Japan Times.

The ANA Wings pilot was scheduled to fly a domestic flight from Osaka Itami in central Japan to Miyazaki, an area on the island of Kyushu.

But after the results of the pre-boarding inspection, the airline was forced to switch crews, causing five flights and 677 passengers to be delayed.

The pilot admitted to drinking in his hotel the previous day but said 12 hours had passed since the scheduled departure, according to the news sites.

USA TODAY has reached out to ANA for comment.

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