Survey shows three out of four pilots in Europe take a nap at the wheel at least once a month
Some European pilots suffer from exhaustion and take naps while flying airplanes to cope with it.
A new survey has revealed such data. About 75% of respondents said they had at least one microsleep while flying an airplane in the four weeks before the survey, according to a July survey conducted by Baines Simmons aviation safety consultancy, Insider reports.
A quarter of respondents said they had five or more microsleeps, defined as "short uncontrolled periods of sleep" that can occur with eyes open or closed, in the four weeks before the survey.
The report highlights concerns about pilot fatigue levels and says that airlines need to do more to address this.
For example, make reporting easier, change schedules to give them more time to rest between flights, and improve hotel accommodations if crews can't sleep well.