Pilot Falls Asleep Twice on Air New Zealand Flight & Won't be Punished

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.travelerstoday.com/artic...wice-air-new-zealand-flight-wont-punished.htm

    An Air New Zealand pilot has admitted to falling asleep not once, but twice, while flying a plane from London to Los Angeles.

    The pilot, who has not been identified, said that he wasn't able to sleep the night before because his hotel room in London was too hot or too cold, which resulted in him to switch rooms three times, the Daily Mail reports.

    While flying the plane the next day, he fell into a deep sleep. He filed a "fatigue report" with the Civil Aviation Authority in which he confessed to falling asleep in the flight deck.

    "I suddenly, and without any warning, fell into a deep sleep," the pilot said in a report. "The same event occurred twice," he said.

    He said he took two naps on a bunk bed which made him feel better and allowed him to continue with the flight to Los Angeles.

    The pilot falling asleep wasn't a big safety issue as he was one of three pilots on the 332-passenger flight in November 2011.

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  2. Gaucho
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    Is it just me or do the regulators have to change the rules that govern there situations..... (???)
     
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    Not big problem, since there are at least three pilots in such flights... and there should be at least two in the cabin throught the flight...
     
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    I'm SURE he's the first pilot to ever fall asleep. At least he was honest about it and filed a report.
     
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    Honorable (honourable) to file such a report.

    If the company's provided hotel was so problematic that this pilot couldn't get a sufficent night's rest, the pilot in question should have objected at LHR to the station manager before departure and refused to fly.
     
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  6. at least he got the 'good rester' award for the flight:) an inflight joke
     

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