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Sunday, 18 November 2012

One in three European pilot fell asleep at the cockpit

One in three pilot working for European companies, because of the excessive load at least once fell asleep at the helm without the knowledge of the co-pilot, the data were published today in the German media.

As follows from a survey conducted by the union of European Cockpit Association, ECA, 6000 among professional pilots, 90% said that during the flight he even once had to fight off sleep.

More - 80% of respondents indicated that they have made mistakes due to fatigue at work, fortunately not serious. Press Secretary Joerg Handverg association believes that "all the fault of the long-time" pilots. According to him, the optimal number of hours, which can be at the controls with no security threat - 12, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) prescribes that can fly up to 14 hours a day.

"Instead of being organized around the safety of passengers, they are subjected to the risks that can be avoided," - he said.
 Handverg also criticized the working conditions of pilots for night flights - against the advice of doctors, who insist that more than 10 hours to be at the controls prohibited, the rules allowed 11-hour night shifts than the airline and enjoy.

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