Drunk Japan Airlines pilot was 'almost 10 times over limit'

Drunk Japan Airlines pilot was 'almost 10 times over limit'

Drunk Japan Airlines pilot was 'almost 10 times over limit'

The first officer, identified as 42-year-old Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, was arrested after a breath test indicated he was in breach of United Kingdom aviation laws.

Blood tests conducted a mere 50 minutes before Japan Airlines flight JL44 was scheduled for takeoff confirmed that First Officer Jitsukawa had 189 mg of alcohol per 100 ml blood in his body, with the law capping off the permitted limit at 80 mg.

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, the co-pilot was detected by a crew bus driver, who smelled alcohol on him and reported him to police.

London's Metropolitan Police force said Katsutoshi Jitsukawa appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in west London and admitted exceeding the alcohol limit.

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A JAPAN AIRLINES pilot who was arrested shortly before take-off at Heathrow Airport in London was nearly ten times over the legal alcohol limit, it has emerged.

Japan's Transport Ministry also responded to the incident, promising to institute a national standard for pilot blood-alcohol levels. British police made the co-pilot take a blood test to confirm the results. The legal limit for a pilot is 20 mg.

The co-pilot acknowledged he drank about two bottles of wine and a pitcher of beer the previous night, NHK said.

He was ordered detained until he is sentenced on November 29.

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"The company sincerely apologises to the passengers and to all affected by the employee's actions", JAL said in a press release.

The flight was eventually operated by the two remaining pilots and departed after more than an hour's delay.

JAL issued an apology, promising it will "implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrence".

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