In a shocking revelation, it has emerged that sleep deprivation and excessive use of social media by a pilot had caused a crash of an Indian Air Force fighter jet in 2013.
The revelation was made by none other than Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa.
Seeking a system to identify if pilots had slept enough before taking off on sorties, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said spending hours on social media sites at night is leading to sleep deprivation among pilots.
He was speaking at the 57th Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine conference organised in Bengaluru.
“We had an unfortunate air crash at Uttarlai (near Barmer in Rajasthan) in the year 2013 that resulted because of continuous sleep deprivation for a number of days. This is something which is a new challenge for us because of the changes in our society,” he said.
The Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa then urged the Institute of Aerospace Medicine to create a system to identify whether pilots had enough sleep before flying sorties.
“Therefore, we need a system where one can find out if a pilot had enough sleep,” he added.
He also said though social media has become an indispensable communication platform, it is taking away interpersonal and communication skills.>