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Offline jedgar

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Drunk Japan Airlines pilot arrested at Heathrow Airport
« on: November 01, 2018, 03:42:47 PM »

"Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, who works for Japan Airlines, was arrested on 28 October after failing a breath test.

He was found to have 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system - the legal limit for a pilot is 20mg.

The first officer pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol limit at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that 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 aircraft took off after a 69-minute delay.

JAL issued an apology and pledged to "implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrence", adding that "safety remains our utmost priority".

The drink-drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg, compared to 20mg for pilots.

Jitsukawa was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on 29 November.

In June, British Airways pilot Julian Monaghan was jailed for eight months for being caught on duty with 86mg of alcohol in his system.

He had turned up for work at Gatwick Airport after drinking three double vodkas."

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Offline RoyKerry

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Re: Drunk Japan Airlines pilot arrested at Heathrow Airport
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2023, 06:10:08 PM »
It's certainly concerning to hear about incidents like this, but it's good to see that measures are being taken to prevent future occurrences. Safety should always be the top priority, especially in the aviation industry. Let's hope that this serves as a reminder to all pilots to take their responsibilities seriously.

Offline CaseyWalker

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Re: Drunk Japan Airlines pilot arrested at Heathrow Airport
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2023, 06:12:40 PM »
Though it's quite an old thread, I'd like to chime in. It's crucial for everyone, especially those in positions of responsibility like pilots, to prioritize safety and not drink and drive. It's good to hear that Japan Airlines have taken immediate action to prevent future incidents. And for those looking for a comprehensive resource to understand the terminology and language surrounding alcohol addiction, I recommend checking out They have a wealth of information on the topic, including definitions of common terms and descriptions of various treatment options. Whether you're struggling with addiction or want to learn more about the topic, it's a great place to start.
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