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INTERNATIONAL: Investigation underway after pilot caught napping in business class while trainee flies

By Telegraph (UK)

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pilot-nap-dawn-large2017-05-08-09_10_44-investigation-underway-after-pilot-caught-napping-in-business-class-while-traineTELEGRAPH (UK) – A pilot from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan’s national carrier, is being investigated for potentially putting the lives of more than 305 passengers at risk by allegedly allowing a trainee pilot to fly the aircraft soon after take-off while he reportedly took a nap in a passenger seat last month, according to a passenger on board the flight.

Captain Amir Akhtar Hashmi was reported to be operating London-bound flight PK-785 from Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, on April 26 along with first officer pilot Ali Hassan Yazdani, and another first officer – Mohammad Asad Ali – who was being trained by Mr Hashmi, according to Dawn, the Pakistani daily newspaper.

During the flight, Mr Hashmi allegedly left Mr Ali in control of the plane while Mr Yazdani was in the observer’s seat of the cockpit. The captain reportedly then went over to a business class seat where he put a blanket over himself and went to sleep.

Mr Hashmi has denied that he slept during the flight: “It is a wrong allegation that I took a two-and-a-half hour sleep during the flight. I did not sleep during the said flight,” he told the Press Trust of India (PTI)news agency.

The captain also claimed that it is normal practice for a pilot to take naps during long flights in the presence of co-pilots, according to PTI.

The incident allegedly would have gone unnoticed had it not caught the attention of a flier who saw Mr Hashmi sleeping in a passenger’s seat in full uniform. After realising who Mr Hashmi was, the concerned passenger was said to have made a complaint and a senior air hostess was reportedly forced to make note of the incident in her flight log.

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  1. No need to panic. This is night and day from sleeping while a trainee tries to land in Dominica.

    Long-haul flights such as that one have the flight path pre-loaded, with any mid-flight changes uploaded automatically in-flight from a ground station.

    On long-haul flights the aircraft virtually flies itself, literally. The pilots are largely along for the ride and babysit the virtually autonomous aircraft with the general exception of take-off and landing. And in the event of a critical or catastrophic mid-flight occurrence, there's usual little the pilots or flight officer can do anyway.

    And, on some airlines, pilots do actually nap in the cockpit, and it's allowed. This pilot simply did it in front of passengers. Not good for optics and perception, but certainly the right thing to do and did not likely in any way place the passengers in any danger.

  2. A trainee pilot and a tired experienced pilot are equally risky so either way, the lives of the 305 passengers would have been at risk.

  3. He has a case. Look like you're careless driver on our roads. Will you allow your 10 year old to drive while you sleeping in e back seat of your vehicle coming from Soufriere. Idiot.

    • DEZAGWE´MUR???

      Bigger idiot...he wasn't 10 he was a trainee pilot..just like you allow an adolescent with a actually think with the braincells of a 10 yr o.


    What's wrong with that?he made a conscious decision by not falling asleep behind the wheel...he should be commended...i think he has a case.

    • You are an jackassss...a plane is not a car dont compare...a senior pilot is needed in the cockpit even if the plane can fly itself...the captain needs to reamain close to controls in case of dont drive themselves and require alot more awareness cause of stay quiet cause you making yourself look stupid!!

      • Wow you're a moron. There was a pilot, a first officer and a trainee. The first officer was piloting the craft and training the training while the pilot took a break. Do you know pilots and first officers are usually just as experienced and share duties in the cockpit? Of course you wouldn't. You're another ignorant St. Lucian.

      • Lol...u not even worth time,first why are u addressing by anonym-ass..your first response state"you are AN jackassss"i really know you talking to yourself..bwahahaha


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