Japan Airlines co-pilot admits being nearly 10 times over alcohol limit

Japan Airlines co-pilot admits being nearly 10 times over alcohol limit

Nervous fliers, stop reading now.

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 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.

Following the arrest, Japan Airlines temporarily doubled the time where pilots aren't allowed to consume alcohol from 12 hours to 24 hours before a flight.

The pilot pleaded guilty to drunk in the municipal court of Uxbridge on Thursday.

First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was already in the cockpit when police detained him on Sunday evening.

The pilot was due to fly a Boeing 777 aircraft, which can accommodate 244 flyers.

The incident came a day after another Japanese carrier apologised for multiple delays after a hungover pilot called in sick. He is expected to remain in custody until his sentencing on November 29.

The pilot reportedly drank two bottles of wine and five cans of beer over a six-hour period the night before the scheduled flight from London to Tokyo.

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".

Japan Airlines is not the only major Japanese airline forced to apologize for alcohol-related disruption, Agence France-Presse reported. In June, experienced British Airways pilot Julian Monaghan was jailed for eight months after he was found to be more than four times over the alcohol limit before a flight from London Gatwick to Mauritius.



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