What would you do if you saw your pilot sleeping while he was supposed to be flying your plane? As reported by The DailyMail, “Captain Amir Akhtar Hashmi put 300 passengers’ lives at risk when he took a nap in business class, leaving a trainee at the controls, it has been claimed.”
Pilot Naps In Business Class Leaving Trainee To Fly Plane
As reported by DailyMail, A senior pilot put 300 passengers’ lives at risk when he took a nap in business class, leaving a trainee at the controls, it has been claimed.
Captain Amir Akhtar Hashmi allegedly buried himself under a blue rug shortly after taking off from Islamabad, Pakistan, on a flight to London and did not emerge until two and a half hours later, local media reported.
He was in overall control of the plane and in charge of training the first officer when a passenger allegedly caught him napping in his uniform, complained to the senior air hostess and took a picture, which was later uploaded to the internet.
You can see the picture of the pilot snuggled into his Business class seat here and read the full article, DailyMail. According to the article, “Such ‘naps’ are not communicated to air traffic control and are only allowed with two pilots present on the flight-deck meaning only one can rest at a time.” In this instance, if there was a trainee flying the plane, it appears that this nap would not be very safe or allowed. What do you think?