Friday, January 23, 2009

Sleep another day

You might "Die another day" if the pilots don't sleep today.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issued guidlines that the crew must chat with pilots every 30 minutes to keep them awake. WTF! This warning has come after a few domestic airlines deviated from the flight path and some crossed their destinations because of sleeping pilots.

Imagine that during a flight from Bengaluru to Amritsar, the pilot falls asleep and the plane reaches Pakistan. That could have caused an international embarrassment for India, triggered a nuclear war or even could have caused the shooting down of the plane.

Better the airlines keep a check and recruit more pilots, else another can of worms might open up like that of Mr Ramalinga Raju. If they don't mend ways an aviation disaster could be in the making.