Pilot Admits Being 10 Times Over The Booze Limit
In news that comforts absolutely no one, a Japan Airlines co-pilot has pleaded guilty to being almost 10 times over the limit.
Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was arrested on Sunday at Heathrow Airport when the driver of a crew bus at smelled booze on him and reported it to police.
Tests found that the 42-year-old first officer had 189mg of alcohol per 100mL of blood in his system.
Under British law, the limit for regular drivers is 80mg but for pilots, it’s 20mg.
Appearing at the Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in West London, Jitsukawa acknowledged he had drunk about two bottles of wine and a jug of beer the previous night.
JAL said the flight was delayed by more than an hour and had to be flown by the remaining two pilots. It apologised for the incident.
The apology came just a day after another 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.