NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Two pilots on a flight from Sudan to Ethiopia are said to have fallen asleep while flying at 37,000 feet and failed to land at an airport runway.
According to a report from the Aviation Herald , an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 that was traveling from Khartoum to Addis Ababa missed its destination “after the pilots fell asleep.” After they failed to land on August 15, air traffic control at Ethiopia’s Addis Abeba airport tried to get in touch with the pilots.
After 25 minutes, the pilots were finally awake and made it to the runway on their second approach, according to the report. The airplane can accommodate a maximum of 154 passengers.
According to the BBC, the entire staff has been placed on leave and is being looked into.
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Ethiopian Airlines issued a statement on Friday stating, “We have received a report indicating Ethiopian aircraft number ET343 en route from Khartoum to Addis Ababa temporarily lost touch with Addis Ababa Air Traffic Control.” Following the restoration of communication, the aircraft successfully landed. The crew has been taken out of service while an investigation is conducted.
“Depending on how the investigation turns out, the appropriate corrective action will be implemented. Our first concern has always been and will remain safety, “The declaration read.
Social media responses expressed sympathy for the pilots, with some speculating that their rigorous schedules contributed to their exhaustion. Alex Macheras, an aviation analyst, is one of many people who, nonetheless, finds the situation “very disturbing.”
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A timely reminder that pilot weariness is pervasive, a problem for all types of airlines, occasionally systematic, and poses a serious threat to air safety, Macheras tweeted.