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Japanese pilot Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 10 times more than the limit of alcohol, imprisoned in England



First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was sentenced to Isleworth Crown Court in west London.

London, England:

A Japan Airlines pilot was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after being arrested 10 times more than the alcohol limit just before taking off from London Heathrow Airport.

First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was sentenced to Isleworth Crown Court in west London.

The Japanese co-pilot was arrested at Heathrow on October 28 after failing a breath test 50 minutes before the Japan Airlines JL44 plane to Tokyo will take off with him in the cockpit.

"You are an experienced pilot, but you obviously have been drinking for a long time until the time before you go to the plane," said judge Philip Matthews.

"The most important thing is the safety of everyone on a long-haul flight, potentially 12 hours or more. Their safety is threatened by drunkenness and drunkenness.

"The prospect of you taking control of the aircraft is too terrible to contemplate. A potential consequence for those on board is a big disaster."

The court heard that security officers noticed that he was very alcoholic, looked drunk and had "teary eyes", while an officer later realized he was "having trouble standing up straight".

The breath test found him more than 10 times over the limit with 93 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal flight limit is nine mg.

The Boeing 777 will fly, which can accommodate up to 244 passengers, eventually 69 minutes late.

Jitsukawa pleaded guilty to charges of carrying out flight functions when his ability was disrupted through alcohol. He appeared in court through a video-link from Wandsworth Prison in south London.

Jitsukawa's lawyer, Bill Emlyn Jones said that the pilot developed sleeplessness and depression through long distance travel.

Jitsukawa felt "shameful disgrace" and apologized to the airline, passengers and their family "out of shame he brought them," the lawyer said.

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