A Japanese pilot was arrested at Heathrow airport (London, UK) for being quite drunk just 50 minutes before he was supposed to fly a Boeing 777 to his home country. The 42-year old Katsutoshi Jitsukawa raised the suspicion of a crew bus driver because his breath smelled heavily of alcohol. After the driver had alerted the police the pilot failed his breathalyzer test gloriously as it showed his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 1.89 as measured in Europe. His “score” in the United States would be 0.189. Sure it doesn’t get Jitsukawa anywhere close to the highest measured scores in the world, but those other guys weren’t about to fly 244 people to the other side of the world.
A pilot can legally have up to 20 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood to excecute his profession. So our “kamikaze pilot” had almost 10 times that dose just before take off. When he showed up in court yesterday Jitsukawa pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol limit. He stays in and English jail untill the end of the month, as he will be sentenced on November 29th. His employer Japan Airlines already issued a public apology in which was said the company would take “immediate actions to prevent any future occurence”.
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