(Daily Mail) This is the moment a Japanese Airlines pilot is arrested after being found nine times over the alcohol limit following a 24-hour drinking binge.
Drunk first officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, is pictured being arrested just 50 minutes before the Japan Airlines (JAL) flight to Tokyo was due to take off with him in the cockpit.
He was due to fly a Boeing 777 aircraft which holds up to 244 passengers and shortly after being challenged over his behaviour he was seen gargling mouthwash in the plane toilet.
Judge Phillip Matthews described the co-pilot as ‘very intoxicated’ ahead of the October 28 flight, as he sentenced him to 10 months’ imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday.
‘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.
‘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.’
Douglas Adams, prosecuting, said: ‘This concerns an incident on the 28 October this year. The defendant was the co-pilot or first officer for Japan Airlines to Tokyo scheduled to leave Heathrow at 7pm that day.
‘Together with the rest of the crew he went through security checks.
‘It was thought by some of the security staff doing the checks that this defendant was under the influence of alcohol.
‘They spoke to a security manager and he decided he would go and speak with the defendant and he approached him.
‘He and his flight crew members were waiting to go on the coach which would take them across the tarmac.
‘He made an initial approach toward Mr Jitsukawa – but nothing was said at that stage.
‘The security manager returned to security crew just to make sure he understood what he thought had happened.
‘They confirmed their impression was that the defendant was drunk and that he had smelt of alcohol.
‘He then went back to speak to Mr Jitsukawa but by this stage he and the rest of the crew had journeyed across the tarmac onto the air bridge.
‘By this stage he had gone onto the air bridge and onto the plane itself.
‘Stewardess were waiting to receive passengers but they had not yet boarded the flight.
‘He asked Mr Jitsukawa to come out off the plane so that he could speak to him.
‘He could also smell alcohol on his breath and so he had the impression that he was under the influence of alcohol.
‘Mr Jitsukawa told him he had had whisky but was breathalysed and cleared.
‘The defendant said that he wanted his blazer from the flight deck.
‘He agreed and then he felt perhaps he shouldn’t have let him and he went back on the plane to find the defendant.
‘He found the defendant in the toilet rinsing and gargling his mouth with mouthwash.’
Jitsukawa, who was clean-shaven and in a grey tracksuit as he appeared on a videolink from Wandsworth prison, kept his eyes closed through much of the hearing.
It was said on his behalf that he was struggling with life as a pilot and suffered with insomnia.
He is the sole carer of his three young children and was unhappy as he was spending a significant amount of time away from them.
The pilot has since been dismissed from Japan Airlines, the court heard.
Bill Emlyn Jones, defending, said: ‘My client asks me to convey apologies to customers of the airline he worked for, his employers, his colleagues, his family and this court for the shame he brought on them.
‘Being a professional pilot is the only career he has ever known. It is the only career he had ever wanted.
‘Some 30 years ago as a little boy growing in Japan he used to dream of growing up and flying a plane.
‘Through his hard work, dedication and application he turned that little boys dream into a reality and became a pilot for Japan Airlines.
‘Now he is 42-years-old still in the prime of his life and all that he worked for lies in ruins. He fully accepts he is the author of his own downfall.
‘He was spending long periods of time away from his family and young children, working irregular hours he became unhappy he suffered with sleeplessness with his sleeping patterns.
‘He turned to alcohol for a means of self medicating against unhappiness and insomnia.
‘He couldn’t actually remember when he stopped drinking. He drank the night before from the evening and into the night. Your honour may come to the view he was drinking in the day itself and on the reading that must be right.’
The judge said Jitsukawa would serve half of the sentence before being released on license.
He added that if it were possible to repatriate the former pilot to Japan the court would welcome it.
Outside court, JAL deputy general manager in London Yasuhiro Kikuchi denied colleagues acted improperly, and added: ‘As an organisation we are going to work together to prevent this happening again.’
Following Jitsukawa’s arrest, JAL pledged to introduce a new breathalyser system at overseas airports.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said Jitsukawa pleaded guilty to exceeding the alcohol limit at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 1.
Japanese media reported that police were alerted by the driver of a crew bus who smelled alcohol on the pilot.
Tests revealed he had 189mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system, almost nine times the 20mg limit for a pilot.
The drink-drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80mg.
JAL issued an apology and pledged to ‘implement immediate actions to prevent any future occurrence’, adding that ‘safety remains our utmost priority’.
Airline executives told reporters that Jitsukawa cleared an in-house breath test before arousing the suspicions of the bus driver who was taking him to the plane from Heathrow Airport.
A second breath test before takeoff showed that he had consumed ‘excessive alcohol’, the co-pilot was arrested by British police and required to undergo a blood test which confirmed those results, the company said in a press release.
‘We are certain (the in-house breath test) wasn’t conducted properly,’ Muneaki Kitahara, JAL’s head of communications, told a press conference.
The plane departed London for Tokyo’s Haneda airport after a delay of one hour and nine minutes, forcing the airline to operate the flight with two pilots rather than the customary three.
Long haul flights, particularly those longer than 12 hours, are normally piloted by two captains and a co-pilot so they can rotate breaks.
‘The company sincerely apologises to the passengers and to all affected by the employee’s actions,’ JAL said in the press release.
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New York Times Editor: We’re Switching From Russia Collusion To ‘Trump Is Racist’
The New York Times and others have repeatedly tried to take down President Trump with libelous statements on the Russian collusion front and have failed spectacularly every single time. Now, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet has accidentally admitted that for two years his far-left newspaper was “built” around spreading a hoax. Oops. But it’s never too late to shift propaganda in this political war.
He was secretly recorded saying just that and it got out. Baquet also admitted the Times’ staff is loaded with left-wingers “who cheer us when we take on Donald Trump, but they jeer at us when we take on Joe Biden.” Do tell. I’m shocked I tell you. Simply shocked.
What is actually shocking is this recording comes by way of the leftist rag, Slate. They got their mitts on the recording of a company-wide meeting Baquet held with his staffers and it is an illuminating look at how leftist media utilizes and manipulates propaganda for political effect. Why Slate would let that out is puzzling, to say the least.
Baquet has now admitted that for two long years his leftist newspaper was “built” around the Russia Collusion Hoax: “It got trickier after [inaudible] … went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character. We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well.”
Truly well? Do you mean by lying and falsifying facts? They did that very well. There was not a shred of evidence that Trump colluded with Russia yet the NYT reported on it as fact for two years and in actuality, made stuff up to fit that narrative.
So the NY Times (D-NY) is back to hosting political strategy sessions on how to destroy @realDonaldTrump. Collusion failed. Obstruction came up short. Now they’ve returned to the favorite cry of every liberal who’s losing an argument: RACISM! A sad commentary on “news” in America https://t.co/en4Y8nQCOa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 15, 2019
But the New York Times has seen the light, so to speak. The Russia collusion hoax hasn’t worked so now they are switching tactics… Trump is now a racist and everything will revolve around that lie: “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story. I’d love your help with that. As Audra Burch said when I talked to her this weekend, this one is a story about what it means to be an American in 2019. It is a story that requires deep investigation into people who peddle hatred[.]”
The truth is that if Trump were actually a racist it would have come out decades ago. This is a last-ditch effort to besmirch a sitting president so a communist can take his place in the next election. It’s subversion and in my book… a form of treason.
You can still taste the salty leftist tears from being disappointed that Mueller did not take down Trump: “The day Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand, two things happened. Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, “Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.” And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We’re a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that’s what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?”
So, while the NYT, WaPo, and other lefty rags spewed lies and propaganda, outlets such as Breitbart, The Daily Wire, and The Daily Caller among others did real reporting and told the truth. For their efforts, a number of them have been banned on social media.
“Baquet pretty much spends the rest of the 90 minutes meeting fielding questions from individuals who are supposed to be professionals but who only want to know how they can call Trump and his supporters racists even more often.
“You see, according to the Times’ staff, everything is racist because everything really is racist.
“You probably think that whole “everything is racist” thing is me being sarcastic. Here’s a direct quote from a staffer [emphasis added]:
“Hello, I have another question about racism. I’m wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting. Just because it feels to me like it should be a starting point, you know? Like these conversations about what is racist, what isn’t racist. I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting. And so, to me, it’s less about the individual instances of racism, and sort of how we’re thinking about racism and white supremacy as the foundation of all of the systems in the country.
“Good grief. What a dispiriting and not-at-all surprising look at the ignorant whack jobs in charge of our media — and in the case of the New York Times, not just the media, but what is considered the elite of the media elite. What are they obsessed with? What do these conspiracy-loons see everywhere in 2019 America…?
“Here we sit in the most tolerant, diverse country in the world just a few years after having twice elected a black president with the middle name “Hussein,” and the people in charge of the media are breaking down into pools of self-pity because they want to scream racist at us even more than they already have.
“And again, let’s not forget that the only way they can try to pretend America is racist is by way of massive hoaxes: the Very Fine People Hoax, the Covington Hoax, the George Zimmerman Is White Hoax, the Hands Up Don’t Shoot Hoax, the Jussie Smollett Hoax, and the countless hoax hate crimes they spread over and over and over again without scrutiny.”
Good grief is an understatement. The NYT does not cover real news anymore like the rising tide of anti-Semitism in this country. They are too busy protecting terrorists and radicals, while smearing the president and conservatives, to do their actual jobs.
The New York Times openly admits that anti-Jewish hate crimes don’t interest the Times because white supremacists are not behind them: “If anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York, it is to some extent because it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy. During the past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as the aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime has been associated with a far right-wing group, Mark Molinari, commanding officer of the police department’s Hate Crimes Task Force, told me.”
But young white males are domestic terrorists according to these people. Geez. Not communist Antifa or Black Lives Matter or the Nation of Islam or the Black Panthers… white boys are the ticket, y’all.
Since the media is out of Russian ammo and they detest Trump, they have to have another way of smearing him and throwing the race card is their final desperate move in this political dance. Nothing else has stuck to Teflon-Don. Look for them to cry ‘racism’ non-stop for the next two years in their latest contrived hoax against the president. But you won’t hear them cover actual racism because it does not fit their political narrative. It has to be Trump, Trump, Trump! or it’s not news.
The NYT is a peddler of hate. No wonder they had to stop publishing political cartoons because the editorial staff can’t recognize blatant anti-Semitism. These aren’t journalists anymore… they are Brown Shirts. They feel they’ll get away with calling Trump a racist. After all, they got away with the Russian crap for two years.
Wow! The Deputy Editor of the Failing New York Times was just demoted. Should have been Fired! Totally biased and inaccurate reporting. The paper is a Fraud, Zero Credibility. Fake News takes another hit, but this time a big one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019
ALL THE NEWS THAT’S NOT FIT TO PRINT! “The New York Times is no longer the paper we grew up with. It is no longer a news organization. It is now an agenda driven organization out to change the Country (for the worse!).” Michael Goodwin, Highly Respected New York Post Columnist.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
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