Andy Pasztor and Susan Carey had an excellent article on the effects of fatigue on pilots in the Wall Street Journal, PA1, Col. 4 Friday, September 12, 2008. While the NTSB calls fatigued pilots one of its "10 Most Wanted" safety improvements, it relates only 10 airline crashes and 260 deaths to the pilot fatigue problem since 1990. Compared to the fatigue problem in the trucking industry, and the thousands of deaths caused since 1990, the airline fatigue problem is minuscule.

I would have loved to have seen the authors compare the hours of service between  truck drivers and pilots, as well as the respective industry  issues that cause fatigue. For example the pilots have longer hours, but they also have auto pilots and have fewer dangers per mile than a truck driver. A lane change from a tired truck driver can, and frequently does, result in a fatality. Untreated sleep apnea is rampant in the trucking industry, yet pilots have to fly in thunderstorms.

There is no question that fatigue is a killer. I have previously posted on this topic and it will continue to be an issue until the government realizes that uncaring corporations will work their employees to the bone in order to earn a few more dollars. Pilots and Truckers have that in common.