Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, an worker of flag provider Japan Airways, was scheduled to fly from Heathrow to Tokyo on October 28 at 6:50 p.m. native time, however failed a breath take a look at shortly earlier than takeoff.
The take a look at confirmed Jitsukawa had 189 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood in his physique. The authorized restrict for pilots is 20 mg, whereas drivers in England, Wales and Northern Eire are allowed as a lot as 80 mg.
Alarm was raised after a driver of a crew bus smelled alcohol and known as the police, who carried out the take a look at, based on Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Jitsukawa mentioned he had drunk two bottles of wine and a pitcher of beer the night time earlier than the flight, NHK reported.
He was remanded in custody and later pleaded responsible to the cost of performing an aviation perform when his capacity was impaired via alcohol. Jitsukawa had been scheduled to fly a 244-seater Boeing 777 plane.
Reacting to the sentencing, Inspector of Aviation Policing Iain Goble, condemned the “critical” offense that might have had “catastrophic” penalties.
“This conviction displays he displayed not solely complete disregard for the protection of all of the passengers and workers on his flight, but in addition the broader public,” Goble mentioned.
Following Jitsukawa’s arrest, Japan Airways apologized for the incident and mentioned “security stays our utmost precedence,” including it’ll “implement quick actions to stop any future incidence.”