Japan Air Lines, already under close government scrutiny,
admitted its flight crews made a mistake by overlooking the
disappearance of five life jackets from one of its aircraft.
The apparent theft of five life preservers went unnoticed for a
week, according to media reports. The disappearance was discovered
only after workers at a Hokkaido hotel found the lifejackets on
"We have 15 reserve life jackets available (on a plane), so we
believe we can handle emergencies," a JAL spokesperson told UPI.
"However, we admit that our crew members failed to properly check
The aircraft flew 33 times between
the time the lifejackets were taken -- May 31st -- and the time
they were discovered.