Drunk pilot was 'almost 10 times over limit'
TOKYO - A Japan Airlines pilot who was arrested in Britain shortly before a flight for being drunk was almost 10 times over the legal blood alcohol limit for a pilot, London police said.
The incident came a day after another Japanese carrier apologised for multiple delays after a hungover pilot called in sick.
JAL executives told reporters in Japan that the co-pilot cleared an inhouse breath test but aroused the suspicion of a bus driver taking him to the plane at Heathrow Airport on Sunday.
The co-pilot, identified as Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was arrested by British police and required to undergo a blood test that confirmed those results.
He had reportedly consumed two bottles of wine and more than 1.8 litres (nearly four US pints) of beer over six hours on the night before the flight.
"We are certain (the in-house breath test) wasn't conducted properly," JAL Communications Chief Mun ea ki Kit aha rat old reporter son Thursday.
A spokesman for the London police said a test on the co-pilot taken 50 minutes before the flight's scheduled departure revealed 189 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his system -- almost 10 times the 20-milligramme limit for a pilot.
The drink-drive limit in England is 80 milligrammes.
The pilot later pleaded guilty before a court to being over the legal limit, and is expected to be sentenced on November 29. The plane departed London after a delay of 69 minutes.
"The company sincerely apologises to the passengers and to all affected by the employee's actions," JAL said in a press release.