A new report reveals that Marc Debois, captain of the doomed AF447, wasn’t functioning at his finest during his June 2009 flight from Rio de Janiero in Brazil to Paris, France. According to a previously undisclosed report obtained by the French news magazine Le Point, the 58-year-old Dubois can be heard on a black box recording saying, “I didn’t sleep enough last night. One hour--it’s not enough.”
Dubois began complaining about being tired shortly after take off. His co-pilots, 32-year-old Pierre-Cedric Bonin and 37-year-old David Robert, weren’t doing much better. According to the report, they were also feeling groggy after spending the night in Rio with their wives and girlfriends.
Original article in French: http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/crash-...e-cachee-15-03-2013-1640312_23.php
This is an alarming twist of facts. While it's known that pilots sometimes have a hard time sleeping because of jet lag, spending the night in a city (essentially, partying) is certainly not an acceptable reason to be tired.
Some also ask for the full CVR recordings to be released:
More puzzlement as to how an Air France A330-200 could have been belly flopped into the mid-Atlantic in 2009 should add pressure on the French air safety investigator, the BEA, to release the full recording of the conversations in the cockpit of the doomed jet.
What was said in cockpit, and what it reveals about the relationship between the three pilots present during the fatal plunge that killed all 228 people on board the flight between Rio and Paris is an increasingly obvious missing element in resolving the mystery.
Of course pilots are trained to be fit to fly. But if it's true that sleeping is taken so lightly by some crew, I wonder what could be done to increase safety. Pilots are only humans after all, but still highly trained professionals, so one would expect them to behave accordingly.