Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Four in ten pilots fall asleep in the cockpit

Four in 10 British pilots have fallen asleep at the controls of an aircraft, a survey has suggested, fuelling concerns over safety regulations.
Recent research also revealed that a third of these pilots admitted waking up to find their co-pilot asleep as well.
In a 2012 survey for the European Cockpit Association (ECA), more than half of around 6,000 pilots from all over Europe said tiredness had hampered their ability to fly.
Of those who felt unfit, 79 per cent said that this was “sometimes” or “often” the case.
The research also suggested the issue is under-reported. Fearing the reaction of employers, 70 to 80 per cent of tired pilots said they would not file a fatigue report or declare they were unfit to fly

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