After a few minutes, however, the pilots on board the ITA aircraft reported in and continued the journey to Rome without any problems. The captain stated that the radio connection was interrupted due to a technical issue, but according to ITA, this was refuted by an examination of the aircraft. Pilots can generally take a sleep break on long-haul flights – if it is ensured that another pilot is awake and reachable.
The airline dismissed the pilot because of his behavior on board and because it felt that the relationship of trust had been irreparably damaged. There are no known disciplinary proceedings against the second pilot, who, according to the report, had informed about his sleep break in accordance with the rules.