Pilot arrested for being 10 times over alcohol limit before takeoff

Katsutoshi Jitsukawa was arrested Sunday at Heathrow Airport for violating British aviation law

On Thursday, Jitsukawa pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol limit at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court.

After being arrested, he was required to undergo a blood test which revealed his alcohol level.

A spokesman for the London police said a test on the co-pilot taken 50 minutes before the flight's scheduled departure revealed 189 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his system - nearly 10 times the 20-milligram limit for a pilot.

The driver of a crew bus had alerted cops after smelling alcohol on the Japanese pilot, NHK reports.

Tests revealed he had 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.

For road drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the drink-drive limit is 80mg.

JAL Flight 44's departure for Haneda airport scheduled for 7 p.m. last Sunday was delayed by 1 hour and 9 minutes.

He had reportedly consumed two bottles of wine and more than 1.8 litres (nearly four U.S. pints) of beer over six hours on the night before the flight.

He has been kept in custody and will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on 29 November.

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Saudi Arabia, for its part, has kept quiet on the location of the body as Turkey and the worldwide community demand answers. Khashoggi, a Saudi national working for the USA press, was a well-known critic of his home country's rulers.

It apologised on Thursday for the incident.

The incident comes after a pilot for domestic Japanese airline All Nippon Airways was too hungover to work.

"The company sincerely apologises to the passengers and to all affected by the employee's actions", JAL said in the press release.

JAL said the pilot is suspected of improperly clearing the alcohol check, as the airline's breath-testing equipment did not detect a problem.

JAL's company rules prohibit its pilots from drinking alcohol less than 12 hours before flying any planes.

The last-minute sickie forced the airline to delay five flights linking Okinawa island and smaller regional islands, affecting 619 passengers.

Jitsukawa was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London after failing an alcohol breath test.

"Although we conduct regular or unannounced safety inspections for airlines, detailed drinking regulations are left to the discretion of each company", said an official at the transport ministry's aviation safety and security department.

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