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JAL pilot disciplined for letting female co-pilot sit in his seat for photo

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The Transportation Ministry on Thursday said that Japan Airlines (JAL) has put a 51-year-old pilot on a 45-day disciplinary leave after discovering that he allowed his 34-year-old female co-pilot to sit in the captain's seat for a photo during a 2009 cargo flight. The co-pilot will serve a 20-day leave, the ministry said.

According to a statement from the ministry, the photo was taken with the pilot's digital camera while the plane was en route from Hong Kong to Narita Airport. The picture shows the co-pilot sitting in the captain's seat and looking over her shoulder at the camera. The pilot told officials that he took the photo to encourage his co-pilot, who was seeking a promotion to flight captain.

The ministry says the photo is evidence that the pilots violated regulations which require at least one pilot to be observing the control panel and cockpit window at all times. The pilot later sent the photo to the co-pilot via his cell phone.

According to a report on Fuji TV, a third party apparently discovered the photograph and alerted JAL management in June of 2011. On top of the suspensions, the pilot will be restricted from flying for six months, and his co-pilot for 30 days.

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I wonder what the pilot got in return from the female co-pilot for letting her sit in the big chair?

Could it be that the 3rd party person who discovered the pictures was a jilted lover perhaps?

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Yubara: "I wonder what the pilot got in return from the female co-pilot for letting her sit in the big chair? Could it be that the 3rd party person who discovered the pictures was a jilted lover perhaps?

Maybe a little out-port nookie.

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So the pilot got nailed for an infraction that happened in 2009? I guess there's no statute of limitations on these things.

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What a rat the "third party" is. It makes me wonder if this is some sort of jealous love triangle, or, that the "third party" got passed over for promotion and sought revenge. Either way, they are a lowlife.

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Asagao, i agree that they are lowlifes if they rated for no reason. But for revenge, totally ok!!

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Maybe the pilot and co-pilot will take a 20 day holiday together in a foreign country with a free flight provided by JAL.

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The ministry says the photo is evidence that the pilots violated regulations which require at least one pilot to be observing the control panel and cockpit window at all times.

Does this mean that you cannot observe the control panel and windows unless you're sitting in the captains chair? I could sit in the back of my car and still see everything. The disciplinary action seems a tad OTT to me.

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It would have most likely been on Autopilot

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The punishment he received is actually quite light, other airlines may have fired him

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Perhaps the pilot was sitting in the same chair at the same time?

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So what punishment did the narc receive? And how was this photo "discovered" by them? I can't imagine that method was above board.

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daaa zhaaaaa vuuuu - didnt someone else here do that very same thing not so long ago? will people never think they will get caught? if the last 5 months in this country hasnt taught people lessons about being caught out, there is no hope.

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The thread title is wrong. When I read it, my initial thought was 'what the hell?' a flight is long, and letting the copilot sit in the seat for a picture is fine. But the pilot didn't get disciplined for letting the co-pilot sit in the seat, he got disciplined for allowing a situation in which no one was looking at the gauges. It's this type of reporting that gives the media a bad name. It's either sensationalistic, or it's sloppy. Neither one is good.

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mountain , molehil......not quite in the same league as the Cathy Pacific Porn romp photos that were in the news this past week.

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It'd be worth it if he was on the cockpit while she was sitting on it!

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If anything, it will probably boost her morale to aim higher. In a country where men ''think'' they are the better sex, she will do well to make Captain.

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the big question is...................was she naked ? LOL

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@tokyokawasaki,

Does this mean that you cannot observe the control panel and windows unless you're sitting in the captains chair? I could sit in the back of my car and still see everything. The disciplinary action seems a tad OTT to me.

I'm a private pilot and can tell you that from your first flight with an instructor, you're drilled on scanning the instrument cluster and the outside airspace while acting as "pilot in command" (PIC) of the aircraft. Other aircraft are ridiculously small when they are first detectable by eye, but get big in a hurry if they are heading towards you. With the pilot taking pictures, he wasn't the PIC and the copilot was acting as PIC at the time. Which seat she was sitting in is irrelevant to her performing her duties as PIC. What IS relevant is, because she was looking over her shoulder AWAY from the instruments and the outside, she obviously wasn't performing the duties she was tasked with as PIC.

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yubaru:

I wonder what the pilot got in return from the female co-pilot for letting her sit in the big chair?

No idea. But I do know what Cathay Pacific pilots get from air stewardesses when the former are still sitting in their big chair.

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Oh, yeah. The headline is completely wrong. The pilot wasn't disciplined for letting her sit in his seat. He wasn't even disciplined for taking photos. He was disciplined for doing something that distracted the PIC from performing their duties (having her turn around to face the camera). As the senior pilot on the flight, he got the worst punishment because he should have known better.

The copilot was punished because even though she was junior to the pilot, she still should have known better than to get distracted. She probably got a smaller punishment because she was acting on a request from her superior in the aircraft.

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I wouldnt like to be a passenger on an aircraft if I was aware that both pilot and copilot were playing silly beggers in the cockpit. When driving on the road you remain focused in order to avoid the unexpected, same piloting an aircraft.

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I think the government is exaggerating, that is a gender discrimination. it just taking taking a picture. The female co-pilot someday want to be a captain of an airplane.

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Are these 2 also having an affair?? Did he later ask her to join the mile high club like Cathy Pacific????

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