Drunk Japanese pilot arrested at Heathrow Airport
The Japan Airlines incident comes just a day after another major Japanese airlines—All Nippon Airways—apologized for delays to five flights in Okinawa because a pilot was hungover after heavy drinking the night before.
Following Sunday’s arrest of the Japan Airlines pilot, the transport ministry issued a document to all Japanese airlines to implement measures to control excessive drinking by flight crew.
London’s Metropolitan Police force said Katsutoshi Jitsukawa appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London and admitted exceeding the alcohol limit.
A Japan Airlines pilot was arrested with almost 10 times more than the legal permitted amount of alcohol in his bloodstream, police say
Try one month for — A Japan Airlines co-pilot arrested after failing a breath test shortly before a London to Tokyo flight pleaded guilty Thursday to being almost 10 times over the legal limit for alcohol.
Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that police were alerted by the driver of a crew bus who smelled alcohol on the pilot.
This is not the first time Japan Airlines has had to deal with an embarrassing alcohol incident among its flight crew.
Japanese pilot is arrested for being drunk ahead of flight from Heathrow
I was 10 times over limit just before Heathrow flight, pilot admits
Tests found the 42-year-old first officer had 189 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in his system, almost 10 times the 20 milligrams limit for a pilot.
He had been due to be part of a crew flying a Japan Airlines (JAL) flight JL44 to Tokyo but failed a breath test 50 minutes before the departure time.
The 42-year-old pilot was arrested at Britain's Heathrow Airport on Sunday after the driver of a crew bus smelled alcohol on him.
In June, British Airways pilot Julian Monaghan was jailed for eight months for being caught on duty with 86mg of alcohol in his system.
BREAKING Drunk Japan Airlines pilot of Boeing 777-300ER arrested at London Heathrow Airport prior flight to Tokyo
Japan Airlines has apologized after one of its pilots was arrested for failing an alcohol test as he arrived for a long-haul flight.