Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Japan to strengthen alcohol rules for airline workers after co-pilot's arrest

Japan Airlines pilot held for being drunk Click for full image
Laurie Berry | 05 November, 2018, 17:14

However, he was arrested after a breath test indicated he was in breach of United Kingdom aviation laws.

The co-pliot had been due to fly on a Japan Airlines service from London Heathrow Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport last Sunday.

Jitsukawa was apprehended as a crew bus driver caught whiffs of alcohol and informed the police, CNN cited Japanese broadcaster NHK as confirming.

It apologised on Thursday for the incident.

Japan Airlines co-pilot Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was arrested Sunday after failing a breath test shortly before a London to Tokyo flight and pleaded guilty in court Thursday Nov. 1, to being nearly 10 times over the legal limit for alcohol.

At the Uxbridge Magistrates Court on Thursday, the co-pilot pleaded guilty to exceeding the legal alcohol limit, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said.

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

The pilot admitted that he had drunk two bottles of wine and a pitcher of beer the night before the flight, NHK reported. The legal limit for a pilot is 20 mg.

Jitsukawa was taken into custody on November 29, appeared in court.

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

JAL issued an apology, promising it will "implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrence". In late October, All Nippon Airways said sorry after a pilot fell ill following a night of heavy drinking and caused delays to five domestic flights.

JAL said the flight was delayed more than one hour and had to be operated by the remaining two pilots.

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