Japan Airlines Pilot Arrested for Drinking 10 Times Over Alcohol Limit

JAL’s plane left London on Sunday with a delay of one hour and 9 minutes. “The company sincerely apologizes to the passengers and all the people affected by the actions of this employee,” he said in a statement.

The Japan Air Lines (JAL) apologized on Thursday for the delay in a flight between London and Tokyo caused by the blood alcohol level in a co-pilot, almost ten times the maximum authorized, according to British police.

These apologies come the day after it was learned that another Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways, had delays in several flights due to the hangover of one of its pilots.

JAL’s plane left London on Sunday with a delay of one hour and 9 minutes. “The company sincerely apologizes to the passengers and all the people affected by the actions of this employee,” he said in a statement.

JAL officials explained to the journalists that the co-pilot underwent a first breathalyzer test at home, the results of which were negative.

But his condition caught the attention of the driver of the bus that transported him to the plane at Heathrow Airport and after a blood alcohol test and a blood test was stopped by the police.

“We are convinced that (the first test conducted at home) was not done correctly,” said Muneaki Kitahara, director of communication at JAL, at a press conference.

According to British police, the co-pilot, 42, pleaded guilty on Thursday to the Uxbridge court in western London. The analysis revealed that he had 189 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood or almost ten times the limit of 20 mg authorized for a pilot (against 80 mg for the legal limit at the wheel).

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