Pilot 10 times over limit

Pilot 10 times over limit

However, he was arrested after a breath test indicated he was in breach of United Kingdom aviation laws.

LONDON-The crew of a Japan Airlines flight was travelling by bus to Heathrow Airport here when the bus driver had a suspicion that there was something wrong with the co-pilot.

Results from the breathalyzer test showed he had 189 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.

Japan Airlines apologized for the pilot's actions and said it would take the violations seriously.

Japan Airlines Co. has apologized after one of its co-pilots was arrested in London for failing an alcohol test before flying on a London-Tokyo flight.

Tests found the 42-year-old first officer had 189 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in his system, nearly 10 times the 20 milligrams limit for a pilot.

The legal limit for pilots is 20 mg, while drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are allowed as much as 80 mg.

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Jitsukawa admitted to the improper conduct at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in west London on Thursday and will remain in custody until he is sentenced on November 29.

The plane departed London after a delay of 69 minutes.

"Safety remains our utmost priority", the airline said in a statement.

According to reports in Japan, the co-pilot arrested on Sunday had consumed two bottles of wine, three bottles of beer and two cans of beer the night before his flight.

Airlines have their own regulations, with JAL saying its rules banned pilots from drinking 12 hours before flying - a limit they now said would be pushed back to 24 hours.

"We will implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrence and to regain our customer's trust".

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