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02 November 2018, 07:02 | Kelvin Horton
He was due to fly from Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda
A spokesman for the police said a test on the man, who was due to fly as co-pilot, revealed 189 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood - nearly 10 times the legal limit of 20 milligrams for a pilot.
The driver of a crew bus had alerted cops after smelling alcohol on the Japanese pilot, NHK reports.
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.
Under Japan's Road Traffic Law, drivers are considered to be driving under the influence if they have an alcohol-per-liter-of-breath reading of 0.15 milligrams or higher.
He was arrested on October 28 just 50 minutes before the plane was due to leave, with the flight finally taking off after a 69-minute delay.
The airline said the pilot drank two bottles of wine and five cans of beer for six hours from 6 pm the night before the flight to Tokyo's Haneda airport.
Jitsukawa was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on 29 November.
The flight was operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft which holds up to 244 passengers.
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