Just when you thought it was safe to fly …

Hundreds of pilots, mechanics and air-traffic controllers reported that fatigue led them to make mistakes on the job, including six cases in which pilots fell asleep in midflight. … In one case, a pilot and co-pilot fell asleep while descending toward Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C.

From yesterday’s USA Today.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MaryP
    Nov 09, 2007 @ 15:30:06

    In a society in which constant, chronic overscheduling is a virtue, where declaring a need for eight hours sleep is seen as childish weakness, and where even most children get inadequate sleep — this is hardly surprising. Unnerving, but not surprising. (Bah, humbug.)


  2. 49erDweet
    Nov 09, 2007 @ 21:06:20

    I agree with Mary P. This should not be surprising. And one more reason to avoid – as much as possible – the “red eyes”.


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