Tokyo: The Japanese government has
punished four pilots of Skymark Airlines for failing to stay
alert during commercial flights between April 2009 and
A co-pilot who took photos of three chief pilots on six
separate flights in violation of the aviation law will be
barred from flight duty for 60 days, the Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said yesterday.
The three captains have each been subjected to a 20-day
flying ban, the ministry said.
The co-pilot has been dismissed by the budget airline.
The ministry also issued a warning to another captain and
co-pilot at Skymark who failed to input altitude data into an
auto-pilot system, with the result that they flew their
aircraft at a higher altitude than instructed by air traffic
control in March this year.