Asleep On The Job?

March 4, 2008
hawaii •  news

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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28 Comments on “Asleep On The Job?”

March 4, 2008
5:54 pm

Renee said:

that’s crazy!!! I wonder if perhaps there might have been a co2 (or other gas) leak in the cockpit somehow. From what I found online it is still too early to tell what happened and there isn’t an interview of the pilots yet.

I wonder what the passengers were thinking…that must have been interesting. So if a flight goes over how long do they need to provide beverage service? ;)
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March 4, 2008
5:57 pm

Melissa said:

Asleep? Really? All these stories are going to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground ;)

March 4, 2008
6:14 pm

groovyoldlady said:


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March 4, 2008
7:00 pm

Krista said:

Yikes. Thanks for inspiring confidence since we’re getting on a plane this month for the first time in 2 years…

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March 4, 2008
7:09 pm

Wendy said:

Uh…that’s kind of scary!!

March 4, 2008
7:43 pm

yoshi said:

Yeah I remember hearing about something about that. Pretty scary. It totally makes you doubt wanting to fly ever again. But I don’t know if I wanna take a ship to hawaii! LOL

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March 4, 2008
8:37 pm

Lisa in CA said:

I heard about that when it happened and couldn’t believe it. From the news stories I heard, they suspected that the pilots had been on too many shifts straight through.

Whatever the reason, it shouldn’t have happened and the pilots should take responsiblity for their actions. If they are that tired, refuse the flight!

March 4, 2008
8:53 pm

Deidre said:

Yikes. Yeah, that’s scary.

On a slightly different note is it still acceptable to ask for a tour of the cockpit? I know one could when i was younger, but would it cause suspicion now?

March 4, 2008
9:41 pm

Rob said:

This is why I’m Platinum on Hawaiian. I tried Go once and that was enough. Our HA pilot last week had some fun with the story. The winds prevented a normal landing in HNL from Kauai. We had to pass the airport and then turn around. The pilot made an announcement that she was awake. Anyway, the real story is not a joking matter.



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March 4, 2008
9:49 pm

Rosie said:

Oh my God! What on earth were they playing at? That’s totally crazy.

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March 4, 2008
10:04 pm

Desert Songbird said:

That story will make me think twice about hopping a plane on those short flights to Vegas!

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March 5, 2008
12:06 am

Lisa said:

DANG! That’s nuts!! It wasn’t like it was a Trans-Atlantic flight or anything. It was less than an hour. I hope they get their pilot licenses revoked.

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March 5, 2008
12:30 am

Kelly Rigby said:

Agh, not great timing for me to read that either.

Hopefully, my family is going on vacation to Spain in May - we’re just waiting for confirmation that my husband’s work is sending him to London, then we’ll tack 3 weeks of fun on the end.

Now I’m going to sit up all night in those tiny economy seats, wondering how the pilots are doing!

I’m not sure I could do your job, Kailani. Every airline crash and debacle (even the funny ones) would make me nervous to go to work.

:) Kelly

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March 5, 2008
2:04 am

Vader's Mom said:

Hello? Starbucks!! I think we own stock from all of Jeff’s red-eye flights.

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March 5, 2008
2:58 am

Cathi said:

I know it’s not a funny situation however, my husband and I had a good chuckle over this one. My, my, you have to wonder why the flight crew didn’t notice.

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March 5, 2008
3:01 am

Sister Snoopy said:


I’m flying Hawai’ian myself to Hilo this month…

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March 5, 2008
3:29 am

Karen MEG said:

That must be so unusual, for BOTH pilots to pass out?
My friend told me about a flight he was supposed to take recently where the co-pilot had to be taken off the flight because he had some sort of fit during a flight, I think it was to London. Apparently they had to re-direct and land to take him off. Weird!

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March 5, 2008
3:29 am

Arizona said:

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March 5, 2008
3:30 am

Arizona said:

Oops! Wrong post!

I’d freak if the pilot fell asleep….

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March 5, 2008
3:48 am

amy said:

Considering I am leaving on a flight to AZ on Friday, this does not make me warm and fuzzy all over! I will be very curious to see what happened that BOTH pilots fell asleep!

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March 5, 2008
4:52 am

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said:

OMG - now that comes closer to making me afraid to fly than anything else, and that’s saying something coming from someone with a pilot’s license. I’m so glad that it ended well, but wow.

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March 5, 2008
4:56 am

James from said:

WOW! Thats crazy!!!

March 5, 2008
5:28 am

Melissa Markham said:

Maybe they both had an allergic reaction that morning and had to take a benadryl!

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March 5, 2008
3:19 pm

Dee said:

hmmm you didn’t say if both the pilot and the co pilot was male or female? Maybe there was a little hanky panky going on? lol Just thought I would give the story another angle…maybe it was just a case of incompetence??? Rookies???? Me and my theories!

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March 5, 2008
5:52 pm

Lisse said:

Ok, scary, but I guess the thing to keep in mind for us non-industry folks is that they didn’t crash.

Between something like this and the German landing video that’s been circulating the last couple of days, you have to think about how technology has really improved air travel over the years.

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March 5, 2008
6:50 pm

kksmom said:

I could maybe see 1 of the pilots, but BOTH?!? yikes!

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March 5, 2008
6:51 pm

kksmom said:

Maybe I could see ONE of the pilots, but BOTH?!?? YIKES!!!

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March 6, 2008
2:54 am

Lulu said:

Hmm…bizarre. How could they both have fallen asleep??

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