On fifteenth August, each pilots of an Ethiopian Airways flight reportedly fell asleep in flight and solely awakened after an alarm from the autopilot disconnection.
The Boeing 737-800 with registration ET-AOB was performing flight ET343 from Khartoum to Addis Ababa when the weird occasion occurred. As reported by the Aviation Herald, the plane was en route at 37,000 toes when the pilots fell asleep. After the pilots fell asleep, the plane continued previous the highest of the descent sustaining the identical altitude. They continued for an strategy to Addis Ababa’s runway 25L with out descending.
The ATC controller unsuccessfully tried to contact the crew members a number of occasions. After overflying above the runway it was meant to land, the autopilot disconnected, and the wailer woke the crew up. The pilots then maneuvered the plane for a protected touchdown with none additional incident some 25 minutes after overflying the runway at 37,000 toes.
The Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) confirmed the incidence and the flight path confirmed that the plane overflew the runway at FL370 earlier than it started to descend and maneuver for an additional strategy.
Though the airline has not publicly commented on the occasion, the flight has raised considerations about pilot fatigue. Aviation professionals and lovers commented on the incident saying it was ‘unprofessional’ and ‘harmful.’
Commenting on the occasion, aviation analyst Alex Macheras described it as “deeply regarding” and raised concern about pilot fatigue.
“Pilot fatigue is nothing new, and continues to pose one of the crucial vital threats to air security – internationally.”
Alex Macheras, Aviation Analyst
Not the First Incident!
Though such occasions are uncommon, it’s not the one incident in current months. Earlier in April, an analogous incident happened on an ITA Airways flight from New York-JFK to Rome.
The ITA Airways Airbus A330 was cruising at 38,000 toes with round 250 passengers on board when each pilots fell asleep. The ATC tower instructed them that they misplaced contact with the plane for round 10 minutes. After they did not contact the pilots, the ATC started to organize fighter jets to intercept the airplane. Nevertheless, the connection was ultimately established within the meantime.
A radical investigation later discovered that the primary officer was sleeping throughout his break, however the captain had fallen asleep. The plane landed safely in Rome with none additional incident and the captain was fired.