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Japan Airlines pilot admits being 10 times over alcohol limit

Japan Airlines pilot admits being 10 times over alcohol limit

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 Japan Airlines co-pilot arrested after failing a breath test shortly before a London to Tokyo flight has pleaded guilty to being nearly 10 times over the legal limit for alcohol. He had been scheduled to serve on a flight to Tokyo, which took off just over an hour late.

British authorities notified JAL that breath and blood tests on the co-pilot found alcohol levels far exceeding the legal limit, the airline said.

The first officer, identified as 42-year-old Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, was arrested after a breath test indicated he was in breach of United Kingdom aviation laws.

According to reports in Japan, the co-pilot arrested on Sunday had consumed two bottles of wine, three bottles of beer and two cans of beer the night before his flight.

Japan Airlines apologized for the pilot's actions and said it would take the violations seriously.

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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 Japanese airline said the flight was delayed by more than an hour as a result and had to be operated by only two pilots.

Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii yesterday told reporters that the government would look into tightening the rules on drinking by flight crews.

Other incidents of drunkenness among crew members have drawn scrutiny to the industry.

Officers carried out a blood test following the arrest which confirmed he was around nine times over the limit.


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