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B777 pilot fell asleep at the wheel


Published on Mar 11, 2013

A pilot flying a plane with around 300 passengers onboard fell asleep at the controls, it has been revealed. According to a document released by New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), reported by Australian media, the pilot voluntarily submitted a “fatigue report” detailing the incident in November 2011 when he fell asleep while at the controls of a Boeing 777, flying from London to Los Angeles. He was one of two pilots flying the B777-300ER, and insisted that the 332-seat aircraft’s safety was never compromised. “I suddenly, and without any warning, fell into a deep sleep on the flight deck. The same event occurred twice,” the pilot was quoted saying. He blamed insufficient rest the previous night for his in-flight doziness.

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