Vice Transport Minister Hisashi Umezaki admitted Monday that his ministry did not secure an airport security “blind spot” pointed out by the man arrested Friday for hijacking an All Nippon Airways jumbo jet and killing its pilot.

The 28-year-old resident of Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward allegedly hijacked ANA Flight 61 bound for Sapporo from Tokyo’s Haneda airport shortly after takeoff Friday morning and stabbed Capt. Naoyuki Nagashima with a 20-cm knife he carried onto the plane.

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