Thursday 21 September 2017

More than 50pc of pilots sleep on flight deck

Press Association

MORE than half of pilots have fallen asleep on the flight deck, according to a survey by British pilots' union Balpa.

And of the 56pc who admitted nodding off, as many as 29pc said they awoke to find the other pilot asleep.

Of the 500 commercial pilots polled, 43pc said they believed their abilities had been compromised at least once a month in the last six months by tiredness, with 84pc saying it had been compromised at some stage during the past six months.

Unprompted, 49pc said pilot tiredness was the biggest threat to flight safety – three times more than any other threat. The poll results come ahead of a European Parliament vote on new EU rules on pilot flying hours next Monday.

Irish Independent

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