Drunk pilot who tried to fly plane at Heathrow while ten times

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prosecutor Douglas Adams said Jitsukawa was challenged by security staff on the plane after colleagues had noticed alcohol radiating from his breath and believed he was “drunk”.After he was challenged, he said he had drank whisky the night before but had already passed a breathalyser test.But he said he needed to grab his blazer from the plane.“He (the security manager) went back on the plane to find the defendant in the toilet rinsing and gargling his mouth with mouthwash,” the prosecutor said.The pilot was removed from the flight deck of the JL44 to Tokyo on October 28 and some 40 minutes later police arrived to find him “swinging” and struggling to stand straight, the court heard.A preliminary breath test found him to be more than 10 times the limit with 93mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, while the legal flying limit is 9mg.The drink-drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 35mg. A drunk Japanese pilot who attempted to fly a passenger jet from Heathrow was caught gargling mouthwash to cover up the smell of alcohol on his breath.First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, who was about 10 times over the alcohol limit when he was arrested, has been jailed for 10 months.He was arrested at the airport after failing a breath test 50 minutes before the Japan Airlines flight was due to take off with him in the cockpit.The co-pilot was caught after security noticed he smelled strongly of alcohol, seemed drunk and had “glazed eyes”, while an officer later noticed he had “difficulty standing straight”.As he was jailed at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Phillip Matthews said Jitsukawa was clearly “very intoxicated” prior to the 7pm take-off and had been drinking that day.“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,” the judge said. Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, had pleaded guilty  to performing an aviation function with alcohol in his blood exceeding the prescribed legal limit “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.” Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, had pleaded guilty to performing an aviation function with alcohol in his blood exceeding the prescribed legal limit

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