JAL pilot, 10 times over alcohol limit, jailed for 10 months in UK
Japan Today -- Nov 30
A Japan Airlines pilot was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after being caught 10 times over the alcohol limit shortly before take-off from London Heathrow Airport.

First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court in west London.

The Japanese co-pilot was arrested at Heathrow on Oct 28 after failing a breath test 50 minutes before the Japan Airlines flight JL44 to Tokyo was due to take off with him in the cockpit.

"You are an experienced pilot but you had clearly been drinking for a long period up to a time shortly before you were due to go into that plane," said judge Philip Matthews. "Most important is the safety of all persons on board that very long-haul flight, potentially 12 hours or more. Their safety was put at risk by your inebriation and drunkenness. The prospect of you taking over control of that aircraft is too appalling to contemplate. The potential consequences for those on board was catastrophic."

The court heard that security noticed he smelled strongly of alcohol, seemed drunk and had "glazed eyes", while an officer later noticed he had "difficulty standing straight".

A breath test found he was more than 10 times over the limit with 93 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal flying limit is nine mg.

日本航空の副操縦士がイギリスで乗務前に大量の酒を飲んで拘束された事件で、現地の裁判所は禁錮10カ月の実刑判決を言い渡しました。 地元警察が公開した実川克敏被告(42)が拘束された時の様子です。パイロットの制服を着たまま取り調べを受けています。
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