Two pilots fell asleep while the passenger jet they were flying was on autopilot. Both pilots slept until one woke up and roused the other, during a flight with 300 passengers aboard a British Airbus A330, according to CBS News on Sept. 26.
The two pilots conked out at the controls due to lack of sleep, both reporting they only had five hours of sleep in the last two nights. This incident happened in August, but it just became public knowledge this week under the Freedom of Information Act.
The airline that these sleeping pilots were working for or the flight’s destination was not released by the CAA. The Sun ran the story in the U.K. on Thursday under the title, “This is Your Captains Sleeping.” When the pilots woke up, neither knew how long they had been sleeping.
The CAA released a statement saying they “take fatigue related incidents very seriously and will address detailed questions to the individual airlines when problems occur.” The U.K. pilots union jumped on this chance to say this was “no surprise” considering the working conditions for the pilots.
Luckily the passengers had no idea that both pilots were asleep at the controls and the flight continued without any problems. Thankfully all went well as the pilots dozed off for a while. Would you want to be a passenger in a plane where both the pilots were napping?
According to Fox News live on Thursday Sept. 26, there were 300 passengers flying at 30,000-feet in the plane when the pilots both fell asleep. The pilots were originally taking turns napping, but then they both conked out. This is not an isolated incident, there have been reports of airline flight attendants having to wake up the pilots, according to “Fox News” live.