ITA Captain fell asleep over France on flight from New York to Rome


Community Member
Sep 10, 2007
Mantova, Italy
I read about this the other day when an ITA Airways (x Alitalia) pilot fell asleep on a flight from New York to Rome. The pilot, which just happened to be the captain, was in the front seat whilst the other pilot was on his designated sleep break.

Air traffic control tried to contact the aircraft for at least 10 minutes by satellite phone, but the captain failed to respond. Needless to say, the captain has now been fired.