Ethiopian Airlines pilots sleep at controls and miss the airport

Ethiopian Airlines pilots sleep at controls and miss the airport

It was an alarm that woke them up, when the autopilot broke off.

Company pilots Ethiopian Airlines He fell asleep and missed the landing on August 15. According to the information received from New Zealand Herald The two pilots fell asleep during flight ET343, which linked the capital, Khartoum, to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The plane was flying at an altitude of 11 thousand meters thanks to the autopilot system.

When the Boeing 737 approached the arrival airport, it did not begin to land. On the beach, air traffic control tried to contact the crew several times, but to no avail. The autopilot then lost communication when the plane passed the airstrip, setting off an alarm and eventually waking the crew.

And so the pilots turned back and landed on the Addis Ababa runway 25 minutes later. No one was hurt, and the plane managed to land safely. To aviation specialist, Alex Macheras, “Pilot fatigue is nothing new and remains one of the most significant threats to aviation safetyFor its part, Ethiopian Airlines confirmed the suspension of the pilots pending further investigations.

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