Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

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

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

He was supposed to pilot the flight JL44 Japan Airlines (JAL) in Tokyo, but failed the test in 50 minutes before departure.

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.

He pleaded guilty to the charge at Uxbridge Magsitrates' Court in west London Thursday and was ordered detained until he is sentenced on November 29.

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.

Results from the breathalyzer test showed he had 189 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that police warned the driver of the airport bus, which breathed fumes pilot.

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For comparison, the legal limit for drivers in England and the 80 mg per 100 ml of blood, a BAC of 0.08%.

Jitsukawa admitted he had consumed two bottles of wine and five cans of beer hours before he was to help pilot Flight JL044 last Wednesday, authorities said.

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

Japan Airlines issued a statement of apology, saying "safety remains our utmost priority" and that they will "implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrences".

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

The flight was delayed one hour and 9 minutes due to the incident.

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