A drunk Japan Airlines pilot has been jailed after he prepared to fly a passenger jet from London Heathrow Airport while nine times over the limit.
Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was jailed for 10 months at Isleworth Crown Court today after he was arrested on 1 November before a Boeing 777 flight JL44 to Tokyo from London Heathrow Airport.
Jitsukawa previously pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol limit at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court yesterday according to the Metropolitan Police.
Tests at the time revealed he had 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system – nearly 10 times the legal limit of 20mg for on-duty pilots.
Japan Airlines has since tightened rules on pilot drinking alcohol, extending the drinking ban for pilots to 24 hours prior to flying, while some ground staff will now be subject to breathalyzer tests.