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Half of UK pilots have slept on the job


Published on Feb 27, 2012

Nearly half of UK commercial airline pilots have admitted to falling asleep in the cockpit. The news was revealed by the British Airline Pilots Association which has opposed European proposals that would increase the number of hours a pilot could spend at work from 16 hours 15 minutes a day to 20 hours. A survey by the association found that 43% of its 500 pilots have fallen asleep while on duty. Rob Hunter, the union’s head of safety, told the British authorities that pilots feared being disciplined if they complained of being tired, and consequently chose not to report incidents of fatigue. The new rules would see short-haul pilots operate more take-offs and landing per day, while long-haul pilots would see their shifts lengthened from 12 to 14 hours.

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