A Japan Airlines pilot who was attempting to fly his Boeing 777 while more than nine times over the legal limit of alcohol in the blood has been jailed for ten months.

Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, admitted to Isleworth Crown Court that he had been drinking whisky the night before his flight to Tokyo was due to take off at 7.00pm from Heathrow the day after. Security staff noticed he smelt of alcohol and was swaying as he was taken to his aircraft. Police were called and arrested him while he was working in the cockpit on pre-flight checks 50 minutes before take off. A blood sample showed a level of 189 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the limit for a pilot is 20 mg.

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