I don’t know how I missed this news story from a couple of weeks ago! Apparently, two pilots for Go! Airlines may have fallen asleep while flying from Honolulu to Hilo on February 13th.
Flight 1002 took off from Honolulu at 9:20 a.m. and was scheduled to land in Hilo at 10:05 a.m. However, when they never landed, air traffic controllers tried to reach them on the radio and were unable to establish contact for at least 25 minutes. The plane missed Hilo International Airport by a few miles. A radar track shows the plane stayed at 21,000 feet as it flew past the Hilo airport possibly still on autopilot.
Can you imagine being a passenger on that flight, looking out the window, and seeing the island disappear from sight? I’m sure most of them probably thought they were circling because they didn’t receive clearance to land. If only they knew. And how could both the pilots fall asleep? It’s not like it was 2am and they’ve been flying for 10 hours (although, that’s not acceptable either) but it was a mid-morning 45 minute flight for goodness sake!
The matter is currently under investigation by the FAA.
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