A pilot of a China Airlines Boeing 747 is filmed – by another pilot int he cockpit – taking a nap during a flight. The SkyTeam member airline and Delta partner has disciplined the sleeping pilot along with the co-pilot whose video ratted him out.
The Taiwan-based carrier’s pilot can be seen “slumping his head forward with his eyes closed while the aircraft was mid-flight.” And if anyone should have known better, this 20 year veteran is the carrier’s most senior 747 captain and also an instructor at the airline’s flight training center.
Facing video of his inflight nap he turned himself in and has received “adequate punishment” according to a statement from China Airlines.
However discipline didn’t end there. The co-pilot that took the video has been reprimanded, too, for filming the incident rather than waking up the pilot.
To be clear this was not what’s known as a ‘controlled rest’ where the pilot would have been back from the 747’s controls.