Majority of pilots admit they have fallen asleep in the cockpit

More than half of pilots have fallen asleep on the flight deck, according to a survey by pilots’ union Balpa.

The poll showed that of the 56 per cent who admitted nodding off, as many as 29 per cent said they awoke to find the other pilot asleep.

And of the 500 commercial pilots polled, 43 per cent said they believed their abilities had been compromised at least once a month in the last six months by tiredness, with 84 per cent saying it has been compromised at some stage during the past six months.

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