On October 28th, the first officer on flight JL44 bound for Tokyo Haneda from London Heathrow was found approximately 10 times over the alcohol limit. This is obviously extremely dangerous towards the safety of the flight, as a drunk pilot can not think straight and make sensible decisions. The pilot, 44 year old Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, even admitted to doing a lot of drinking the night before. He was found with 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which towers over the limit of 20mg. He was caught on the crew bus when the driver smelt alcohol, and called the police. He was set to fly the 777W in about 50 minutes, and the flight eventually took off with 2 pilots more than an hour later. Japan Airlines apologizes for the incident, stating that “safety is our utmost priority”, and will “implement immediate actions to prevent any future incident”.
Unfortunately, drunk pilots are nothing new to aviation. On January 2018, a British Airways pilot was found drunk while in the cockpit before his flight to Mauritius from London Gatwick, he was later sentenced to 8 months in jail. And on July 18th, 2016, 2 Air Transat pilots were allegedly found drunk before a flight from Glasgow to Toronto, but charges have been dropped since.
JA733J, the same aircraft the first officer was intended to fly that day