66% of Indian pilots admit to dozing off in the cockpit without alerting their fellow crew members . 54% of pilots experience severe daytime sleepiness, while 41% have moderate daytime sleepiness .
MUMBAI: Around 66% of 542 Indian pilots who participated in a recent poll on fatigue that leads to daytime sleepiness admitted to dozing off in the cockpit without alerting their fellow crew members or experiencing microsleep episodes while on the job.Pilots who were involved in regional, national, and international missions were included in the study, and they were weighed on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.According to the survey conducted by the NGO Safety Matters Foundation, it was found that 54% of the pilots experience severe daytime sleepiness, while 41% have moderate daytime sleepiness.According to the survey, 66% of pilots said they had experienced micro-sleep or unintentionally fallen asleep in the cockpit.Fatigue is a well-known contributing factor to aviation accidents and incidents.The 2010 Mangalore accident, which killed 158 people, was one of the contributing factors.This accident was attributed to excessive sleepiness and impaired judgment, according to the researchers.According to the cockpit voice recorder, the Captain had been asleep for 1hr and 40 min of the 2hr and 5 min flight. Capt.Amit Singh, the founder of NGOs, said the questionnaire asked the pilot how long they would get up if they had to fly to a 6 a.m. flight departure.The vast majority of the crew told them that they would wake up between 3 and 3:30 a.m.This indicates that their body clock is interrupted during the most critical period of rest. Repeated flight duties in this period not only affect sleep quality, but an average of ten -12 hours will result in impaired concentration, affecting flight safety.