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An airline apologises after threatening to sack a pilot who was too tired to fly

An airline apologises after threatening to sack a pilot who was too tired to fly | The Economist | December 14, 2016
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Source: The Economist
December 14, 2016
A POST on this blog from earlier this month talked about how airlines are sweeping the issue of pilot fatigue under the carpet. The London School of Economics had surveyed some 7,000 European captains and first officers—around 14% of all commercial pilots in the region—on various issues. Although most said that airline managers take safety seriously, they have a blindspot when it comes to tiredness. Close to 60% of pilots said that they and their colleagues were often fatigued and half said that their employers do not pay enough heed to the issue.Right on cue, Thomas Cook Airlines, a British carrier, has been forced to apologise to a pilot who refused to take to the air because he was too knackered to fly. Captain Mike Simkins was suspended for six months and told he faced the sack after refusing to fly his Boeing 767 with over 200 passengers. According to BALPA, a pilots’ union, Mr Simkins took the difficult decision not to take off “after three extremely early starts...Continue reading

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