Japan Airlines Corp. was forced to cancel a flight from Hawaii to Narita airport last week because a copilot was detained by police for urinating in a public place, the airline said Monday.

The 53-year-old copilot was scheduled to work a flight leaving Honolulu at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday but did not show up at the airport in time, so the company had another copilot, who was scheduled to fly at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, replace him, JAL said. The company found out Wednesday night that Hawaii police had detained the copilot. He was not released until Thursday, and JAL had to cancel the Thursday flight, affecting 297 passengers.

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