Two pilots sleeping in the middle of the mud! Passengers were not landed where the plane was supposed to land! Two Ethiopian Airlines pilots fell asleep and forgot to land the plane while flying from Khartoum, Sudan to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The incident happened on Monday. According to the Aviation Herald, Air Traffic Control (ATC) issued an alert after flight ET343 approached the airport but did not land. The Boeing 737’s autopilot system was operating at 37,000 feet when the pilots fell asleep. After landing the aircraft was parked for about 2.5 hours before the next flight.
ATC tried several times with the pilots but without success. The autopilot disconnects when the plane flies over the runway instead of landing. Aviation Herald reported that pilots were woken up when the alarm went off. The two pilots then turned the plane around to land on the runway about 25 minutes later. However, no one was injured in the incident and the plane landed safely.
According to information received from the aviation surveillance system ADS-B, a picture of the plane’s trajectory was found. The photo shows a loop near Addis Ababa airport.
Aviation analyst Alex Macheras also tweeted about the incident, calling it ‘deeply troubling’. He also blamed the fatigue of the pilot for this. A similar incident happened last May. Two pilots fell asleep on a flight from New York to Rome, the plane was 38,000 feet above the ground.
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