There has been recent media commentary involving flight crew sleeping while in charge of an aircraft. These have been based on a report filed with the CAA by the airline concerned, subsequently released by the CAA following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Following clarification from the airline concerned, the CAA is satisfied that while this was a reportable event, and both pilots were concerned they were suffering symptoms of severe fatigue and took controlled rest separately, they did not fall asleep at the same time. It was right that the airline reported this to us after one of the pilots raised their concerns. The airline is now taking steps to adjust its rostering arrangements for flight crew.
The safety reporting procedures are designed to help us enhance aviation safety and ensure we base our actions on the best information available. Aviation safety is our number one priority and we will take all necessary action to ensure that reportable events are carefully considered and where problems are identified, lessons are learned.
For further media information contact the CAA Press Office on: 0207 453 6030; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
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