facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Half of Swedish pilots doze off in cockpit

Oct. 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM   |   Comments

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- More than half of Swedish airline pilots said in a survey they had fallen asleep in the cockpit and 70 percent admit making mistakes because of being tired.

The Swedish news agency TT reported 80 percent of the Swedish Airline Pilots' Association pilots said existing work rules "constitute a threat to flight safety."

"These results are alarming and we're naturally very concerned," said Mattias Kling, coordinator for work-hour issues at the association.

"We can't accept that half the pilots have fallen asleep in the cockpit."

The report said a proposal would extend the maximum number of hours in pilot shifts from the current 13 (plus up to 2 hours of overtime) to 16.

"A pilot on duty also needs to get to the airport, which often takes time," Kling said. "Then add to that 16 hours of continuous work. Is it safe to fly with that pilot?"

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates
4
Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban
5
Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback