According to Aviation Herald, two pilots on an Ethiopian Airlines flight nodded off during approach and missed the landing.
On Monday, while en route from Sudan to Ethiopia, both pilots apparently nodded off, causing the Boeing 737-80 to miss their landing at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
According to Aviation Herald, air traffic control repeatedly tried to reach the crew but was unsuccessful. Some time later, an alarm went off on the plane, rousing the dozing pilots, as reported by the news outlet.
About 25 minutes later, the plane landed without incident.
The largest airline in Africa, Ethiopian Airlines, has received reports of a flight temporarily losing contact with air traffic control but has not confirmed that the pilots fell asleep.
The airline reported that the flight landed without incident after communication was restored.
According to the statement, the crew involved was “removed from operation” until the investigation was completed.
“Based on the findings of the investigation, appropriate corrective action will be taken. As it has been from the beginning, our number one concern is and will always be the welfare of those involved “reported the airline.
Alex Macheras, an expert in the field of aviation, described the event as “deeply concerning.” In a tweet posted on Thursday, he said that it “once again sounds the alarm on pilot fatigue,” which is a problem that many American pilots have brought up.
More than 1,300 pilots for Southwest Airlines went on strike in June, demonstrating in Dallas, Texas, for better pay and benefits. The union issued a statement to NBC News at the time saying that contract negotiations had lasted over two years and that “pilot fatigue rates have reached an all-time high.”
There is just one pilot. According to Captain Casey A. Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, pilots have been “under a lot of stress for the past year” due to the frequent flight reassignments that have left them exhausted and irritated.
Macheras tweeted that “pilot fatigue is nothing new” and that it “continues to pose one of the most significant threats to air safety — internationally.”
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