In a leading article on the front page on 3rd June 2008, The Times of India warned “Sleepy pilot may be flying you“. The article reported that airlines had been operating without any rest rules for pilots for the last two days. The article opened with
“They may have the best inflight service possible, attractive air fares and a great on-time performance record to top it all. But behind those cockpit doors, your airline may have rostered a set of fatigued pilots who have to try hard enough to keep their eyes open.”
Todays edition reports (again in a leading article on the front page):
“An Air India Jaipur-Mumbai flight flew well past its destination with both its pilots fatigued and fast asleep in the cockpit. When the pilots were finally woken up by anxious Mumbai air traffic controllers, the plane was about half way to Goa”
(For context, Air India is the government run airline that for most of its existence was the only airline in the country. Private airline companies opened in the 1990’s after the government opened the airline sector)
Does anyone see the irony?