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

Mae Love
November 5, 2018

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.

The company added that the London to Tokyo flight was delayed by 69 minutes as a result of the co-pilot's arrest, with the airline apologising to all passengers affected.

Blood Japanese pilot who was arrested at Heathrow airport for visible intoxication, alcohol level more than 9 times higher than the permissible limit, writes BBC News.

LONDON-The crew of a Japan Airlines flight was travelling by bus to Heathrow Airport here when the bus driver had a suspicion that there was something wrong with the co-pilot.

A spokesman for the London police said a test on the co-pilot taken 50 minutes before the flight's scheduled departure revealed 189 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his system - nearly 10 times the 20-milligram limit for a pilot.

JAL withheld the co-pilot's identify, but London's Metropolitan Police identified him as 42-year-old Katsutoshi Jitsukawa.

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The pilot admitted that he had drunk two bottles of wine and a pitcher of beer the night before the flight, NHK reported.

The limit for drivers in Britain is 80mg.

Sentencing for the pilot is set for November 29.

The almost 12-hour flight from London to Tokyo normally has two captains and a co-pilot.

The apology came a day after another major Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways, apologised for causing delays to five domestic flights after a pilot became unwell due to heavy drinking the night before.

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