Japan Airlines pilot arrested at Heathrow Airport for being drunk before flight on 28 Oct, 2018.
Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was arrested after failing a breath test. He was found to have 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system, which is 9 times more than the legal limit for a pilot is 20mg. The police were alerted by the driver of a crew bus who smelled alcohol on the 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 Boeing 777-300ER (reg. JA-733J) aircraft took off after a 69-minute delay.
The first officer pleaded guilty at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.