I know we don't normally think of actions outside the aircraft to be CRM issues, but this report on Air France 447 made me think again...

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Brazilian Navy sailors pick a piece of debris from Air France flight AF447 out of the Atlantic Ocean, some 745 miles (1,200 km) northeast of Recife, in this handout photo distributed by the Navy June 8, 2009.
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Pilot of crashed Air France 447 only had one hourís sleep - three Irish among 228 dead
Co-pilots also allegedly dangerously tired during flight


Published Sunday, March 17, 2013, 10:44 AMUpdated Sunday, March 17, 2013, 10:44 AM

The captain piloting the Air France flight that crashed into the sea with the loss of all 228 people on board had just one hourís sleep before take off, The Daily Mail reports.

The paper cited a new report which claimed that his co-pilots were also dangerously tired.

Three Irish nationals were among the dead when Air France flight 447 fell out of the sky as it travelled from Rio de Janiero to Paris in June 2009.

The Airbus A330 had rolled from side to side during a tropical thunderstorm, and co-pilots 32-year-old Pierre-Cedric Bonin and David Robert 37, were unable to bring the plane under control.

When Marc Dubois, the 58-year-old captain returned from a break his deputies were panicking so much they were allegedly unable to tell him what the problem was.