I Didn’t Break Any Rules: Sleeping PIA Pilot

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) pilot Captain Amir Akhtar Hashmi admitted that he was sleeping during the flight under his command.

He came under controversy after videos and pictures of him sleeping on a flight while trainees handled the plane went viral over social media. However, he defended his act as under currently existing aviation laws and safety rules.

Captain Amir Hashmi submitted his response to the inquiry board today. The inquiry board was constituted after Mr. Hashmi’s pictures were shown on media. His act culminated in a passenger registering their complaint to the cabin crew.

In his written statement to inquiry board — a copy of which is available with ProPakistani — Amir Hashmi took the stand that his act to sleep during the flight was his right and that the decision was made while keeping in mind the safety of passengers.

During his sleep, he delegated the flying to two pilots (trainee and first officer) who handled the aircraft. He further added that both are well trained and are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

According to Mr. Amir Hashmi, there was no breach of safety and aviation rules.

“I am not guilty,” Captain Amir Hashmi told inquiry board.

He declared the whole situation a game to malign the national carrier.

Background of the Case

Captain Amir Hashmi, a senior pilot of PIA and former president of pilot association PALPA on April 26 was in charge of the flight PK 785 with 300 passengers on board. The flight was enroute to London from Islamabad.  Soon after the takeoff, Captain Amir Hashmi took 2 and a half hour nap in the business class cabin.

According to ICCA rules, pilots are allowed to take ‘short periods of sleep’ in a cockpit and that too during long haul flights. Additionally, the second pilot has to take control of the plane while his colleague took a rest.

But in the case of Capt. Amir Hashmi, he came to sleep in the passenger cabin.


  • Dear Captain, beware of camera phones next time if you manage to keep the job.

    • well if you know a little about planes and their regulation you will ask such dumb question
      1) there is a thing call auto pilot
      2) there is a rule that allow a pilot to take 2-3 hour nap during a flight

      • 1)there is a rule that pilots are allowed to take ‘short periods of sleep’ in a cockpit not in business class cabin.
        2) there is a rule call auto pilot that only works on long flights only and pilot must be there even auto pilot is enabled not sleeping in business class…

        plz dont defend him…
        thanks…

          • Guidelines vary country by country. Whereby FAA hasn’t allowed cockpit naps, EU surely does. Whether it is ‘legal’ to sleep in cockpit/cabin, it should be checked in accordance to the aviation authority of Pakistan. Stop posting shiet from other sites when I can just do the same and prove you wrong. This would be subjective. Quote some guidelines from our country then we can argue.

            • so have a look at international media reporting on same thing
              The facts as they appear in local media don’t give me any cause for concern. It’s normal practice for airlines to rotate pilots on longer flights, like Islamabad-London, which clocks in at over eight and a half hours. While some airlines install separate crew rest areas (often above or below the passenger cabin), others offer space in first or business class for pilots not flying to take a comfortable powernap while the relief pilots are in command of the aircraft.

              “In this case, local media are reporting that there were three pilots on the aircraft, with at least two in the flight deck at all times. If all three pilots were qualified flight crew, I don’t see any issue with one of them using the business class cabin to get their rostered rest period, although it might be smart for the airline to follow others’ leads and use a placard to mark out flight crew rest seats so passengers aren’t surprised to see uniformed pilots taking a nap.”
              now tell me how can you sit at one place for 8-9 hour awake there are rule that a pilot can take a nap 2-3 in 9 hour flight on autopilot by leaving co-pilot in charge

              go and read PCAA rules and regulation
              “The holder of an air
              operator certificate issued under this Part shall provide each member
              of a crew of an aircraft with a rest period following each duty period
              which shall be not less than twice the duration of the flight time in
              that duty period and not less than eight hours, shall provide a rest period for two hour during flight operation for more than nine hours of flight duration, and shall provide rest period of not less than twenty-four hours in each period of seven
              consecutive days or shall provide rest periods as directed by the
              Director-General. ”

              please….

              • So he’s allowed to take a nap in the business class in front of other passengers when common sense dictates that this type of move can alarm the passengers and ultimately some guy will make a video and earn them bad press. Can he not do that privately in the cockpit or some other place where there were curtains? Stop defending his noob move even if it was allowed, he should have thought about the passengers first and should have found a private spot to sleep where no prying eyes can see him. There is still no rules and regulations which I can find regarding the proper place to sleep in or protocols about it.

                • i just posted the rules and regulation about sleeping it needs brain to search these things
                  1) they are not allowed to take a nap in cockpit they can press th paddle for rudder etc etc
                  2) many airlines have private room for air crew but PIA don’t have them in their jets its not his fault
                  3) rather then hitting button on keyboard go do some research how thing works i am not defending him but when a man is not wrong it mean he is not wrong.
                  4) if majority of people doing wrong thing it doesn’t make it right
                  5) go and check surah in quran where god ordered to check the information before passing it to 3rd person

          • 1) pilot are not allowed to sleep in the cockpit in any way they are allowed to sleep in the cabin
            IN THE CABIN BESIDE COCKPIT NOT IN BUSINESS CLASS…

            bhai google or youtube ka zamana hai… just 5 minutes may sab doodh ka doodh or pani ka pani ho jata hai…

            or if he didn’t break any rule to bhai phir inquiry kis cheez ki khuli hoi hai???

    • well if you know a little about planes and their regulation you can be less ignorant
      1) there is a thing call auto pilot
      2) there is a rule that allow a pilot to take 2-3 hour nap during a flight

      • 1)there is a rule that pilots are allowed to take ‘short periods of sleep’ in a cockpit not in business class cabin.
        2) there is a rule call auto pilot that only works on long flights only and pilot must be there even auto pilot is enabled not sleeping in business class…

        plz dont defend him…
        thanks…

      • 1) Pilot is NOT allowed to set the plane on auto pilot and go to sleep
        2) Pilot is allowed to take a nap IN HIS CABIN.

        Ignorance is bliss my friend.

    • well if you know a little about planes and their regulation you can be less ignorant.
      1) there is a thing call auto pilot.
      2) there is a rule that allow a pilot to take 2-3 hour nap during a flight.

      • 1)there is a rule that pilots are allowed to take ‘short periods of sleep’ in a cockpit not in business class cabin.
        2) there is a rule call auto pilot that only works on long flights only and pilot must be there even auto pilot is enabled not sleeping in business class…

    • In pakistan indeed everything is possible but pia safety standards are much better, its someone’s shararat to defame airline, pilot has been given threats from cabin staff as he was head of anti curroption team, you clearly see that two pictures are of different flights, he was also threatened to be cut into peaces when he refused to take side of those who have groinded the airline with illegal strike, he is also hired as CAA check pilot because caa doesnt have experties, this country has 2000 media monkeys as aviation experts, as well as others with vested interests, i heard he has sued few nespapers, god bless pakistan

  • Dear Captain, u r custodian of all passengers travelling on plane, Thanks ALLAH SUBHANAHU WA TAALA 4 no mishap. Pl do the same with all yr family (Father Mother,Brothers,Sisters wife, kids cousins, chacha, taya khala mami.dada dadi nana nani…..)

    • 1) there is a thing call auto pilot
      2) there is a rule that allow a pilot to take 2-3 hour nap during a flight

      • 1)there is a rule that pilots are allowed to take ‘short periods of sleep’ in a cockpit not in business class cabin.
        2) there is a rule call auto pilot that only works on long flights only and pilot must be there even auto pilot is enabled not sleeping in business class…

        .

      • shahzeb alam sb….thanks for good inf…..if auto pilot system in fine and safe and rules also allow to take a small nap, then it is absolutely nothing wrong in doing that as nothing could be performed correctly when one is TUN..

  • dont know why media highlighting this, its pretty normal , just to defame national airline

    have they broke news on ary stage incident killings
    have they broke news on metro Multan that actually metro corridor was mistaken not enough for to metro to pass at a same time and to get rid of those buses they put it on Lahore road

    have they broke news on orange line that they forgot to erect shock proof pillars for train and it cant be used until all pillars are redesigned/modifies

    media is all about minting money by black mailing/ exploiting

  • So now pilots are not allowed to sleep just because they work for PIA.
    Bra-friggin’-vo.

  • My love for Propakistani just got shook seeing the silence. Why ProPakistani has also not done a piece on bahria enclave incident?
    I thought ProPakistani is better than mainstream Money Minting media but apparently not.
    Apparently puny things like journalism responsibility & media ethics don’t apply to ProPakistani either.
    Seeing the frequency of posts against PIA in last couple of days. its also pretty clear, that ProPakistani has real passion to Scandalize PIA now. If it were journalist duty, Bahria Enclave incident would have been on the top here.

  • PIA, RAILWAYS, PAKISTAN STEEL MILLS AND OTHER NATIONAL ASSETS ARE ALL FILLED WITH POLITICAL WORKERS. NOBODY CAN DO ANYTHING AGAINST THEM. ONLY SOLUTION IS TO PRIVATIZE THEM.

  • Overblown issue.

    Planes pretty much fly themselves, and even when senior pilot leaves the cockpit, his co-pilots are very well trained (even though may not be very experienced) to handle the flight mid-air.

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