Sleepy pilots put lives at risk, say families of plane crash victims.
By BRIAN ROSS and DAN LIEBERMAN
Feb. 9, 2011Despite denials from the airline industry, large numbers of pilots report to duty every day after getting only a few hours of what fatigue experts call "destructive sleep" in crowded crew lounges and so-called "crash pads," an ABC News investigation has found. Widespread pilot fatigue is putting airline passengers at... [continue]
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