Ex-Continental Pilot Says He Slept In the Cockpit

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"I mean, have you ever been driving when you're really, really tired? You know, nodded off?" he said. "Have you ever been driving and zoned out for maybe five seconds and wandered into a lane?"

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"That's what you get with fatigue," said Reikes. "You lose concentration." Reikes said one of the ways he coped was to think of what was at stake, and how many lives were in his hands.

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"There's 50 people back there, kids, parents, families," said Reikes. "When you show up tired, or you show up in any other condition that's not optimum, think about those people as your family. And I never forgot that."

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