Two pilots on a British airliner on a long-haul flight fell
asleep in the cockpit, leaving the packed jet travelling
unsupervised on autopilot, Britain's Sun newspaper is
One of the pilots on board the Airbus 330 flight to Britain -
the name of the airline was not disclosed - eventually woke
up and roused his colleague, but neither knew how long they
had been asleep, the paper said.
The flight took off on August 13 and the pilot and co-pilot
took turns to have 20-minute rests but, after flying for more
than an hour, they both dropped off.
They reported the incident themselves to Britain's Civil
Aviation Authority (CAA), blaming longer shifts during the
summer holiday period. The Sun said it had seen a copy of
The CAA said it was legally prevented from disclosing any
details about companies or individuals who filed Mandatory
Occurrence Reports to them.
"Fatigue is a serious issue and needs careful oversight,
which is why we welcome new EU proposals to give regulators
greater powers to oversee airlines' fatigue risk management
systems and data," a CAA spokesman said.
"The UK has an excellent safety record, but we are constantly
striving to improve air safety."