The survey came to light amid a report that two pilots had dozed off at the same time at 35,000 feet on August 13 while at the controls of a U.K. based Airbus A330 passenger flight. That revelation came via a Freedom of Information request by Data News Ltd., in which Britain's Civil Aviation Authority did not reveal the exact flight but said hundreds of passengers were likely on board.
"One of the pilots had only five hours sleep over the previous two nights," the BBC wrote. The two skippers were taking turns monitoring the auto-pilot system.
The news surfaces as the European Parliament gets ready to vote Monday on easing pilot safety restrictions. The looser regulations would allow a pilot to land an aircraft even after being awake for 22 hours, would increase the number of early starts, and, get this: Would allow only two pilots rather than three on the longest haul flights.
Going overseas soon? Bring a noisemaker.
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