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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 07:54 PM

Sky-high selfies: Japan warns US over 'outrageous' antics of military pilots

Source: The Guardian

Sky-high selfies: Japan warns US over 'outrageous' antics of military pilots

Marine corps pilots took photos and read books while flying, according to a US military investigation

Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Fri 8 Nov 2019 04.54 GMT
Last modified on Fri 8 Nov 2019 17.10 GMT

Japan’s defence ministry is to call on US forces based in the country to ensure the safety of their aircraft after pilots from a marine corps unit involved in a deadly crash last year were shown taking selfies and reading books while flying.

A US military report on the investigation into the December 2018 crash revealed widespread misconduct among the unit’s pilots, including some who had posted selfies from their cockpits on social media.

One was shown combing his moustache mid-flight and another reading The Great Santini, a 1976 novel about a marine corps fighter pilot, with his hands off the controls.

“Examples of such unprofessionalism included prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, excessive alcohol consumption, adultery, orders violations, and failures in following fundamental principles of professional aviation training and operations,” the report said.

Four officers were dismissed following the selfie revelations, Kyodo news agency said. They included the commanding officer, who had posted a photo on his WhatsApp profile showing him without his oxygen mask and with his visor up.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/08/sky-high-selfies-japan-warns-us-over-outrageous-antics-of-military-pilots

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