Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Japan Airlines hit by new crew drinking incident

Japan Airlines hit by new crew drinking incident

A Japan Airlines copilot was arrested in London earlier this week after he was found to almost ten times over the legal alcohol limit shortly before takeoff.

But under Japan's current system, while plane crew members are banned from drinking within eight hours of working, there is no legal limit set and breath tests are not required.

A test later revealed that Jitsukawa had 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, almost 10 times the U.K.'s legal limit of 20 mg for pilots, according to the BBC.

Ishii's remarks came after co-pilot Katsutoshi Jitsukawa pleaded guilty to being over the legal alcohol limit at a United Kingdom court.

Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was arrested after being reported to police when an airport bus driver smelled alcohol on him.

Drinking is banned more than 12 hours before departure if it could affect one's ability to operate a flight.

The transport ministry on Thursday issued a document directing all Japanese airlines to report by month-end measures being taken to control drinking by flight staff. He will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on November 29.

Julian Monaghan drank three double vodkas in his hotel room on an empty stomach before he was due on board a flight from Gatwick Airport to Mauritius on January 18.

"We are certain (the in-house breath test) wasn´t conducted properly", JAL communications chief Muneaki Kitahara told reporters.

The flight was delayed for about an hour and had to proceed with two pilots instead of the usual three.

The apology came a day after another major Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways, apologized for causing delays to five domestic flights after a pilot became unwell due to heavy drinking the night before.

JAL have apologised for the incident and said: "Steps will be taken to prevent future occurrences".

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

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

According to NHK, the first pre-flight test did not detect alcohol on Jitsukawa's breath.

Like this: