40 percent of UK pilots admit to falling asleep while at the control of commercial aircraft

Posted on November 24, 2012 • Filed under: Europe, Travel Aviation, Travel News

Many of us are guilty of taking a power nap at work but the cockpit of an airplane isn’t the best place to try to fit in forty winks. Yet alarmingly more than four in ten British pilots admit to having fallen asleep at the controls of a passenger jet, according to a new survey. Between 43 per cent and 54 per cent of pilots surveyed in the UK, Norway and Sweden said they had fallen asleep ‘involuntarily’ while flying. A third of these said they had even woken to find their co-pilot was also asleep. Read Article

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