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Two pilots fell asleep in the middle of the flight; miss landing at Addis Ababa Airport

Two pilots of the flight from Khartoum in Sudan to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa fell into a deep sleep before landing. Due to this the Boeing 737 plane missed the landing at Addis Ababa Airport. The aircraft was flying at an altitude of 37000 feet at the time of the incident.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Sudan: Aircraft are considered to be the fastest mode of transport. But, this speed sometimes also becomes the reason for its dangerous. A similar incident was seen in the African country of Ethiopia. It happened that both the pilots of the flight from Khartoum in Sudan to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa fell into a deep sleep before landing. Due to this the Boeing 737 plane missed the landing at Addis Ababa Airport. The aircraft was flying at an altitude of 37000 feet at the time of the incident. When the plane neither slowed down nor lowered altitude for landing, Air Traffic Control sent messages to the pilots several times, but they did not respond as they were asleep.

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The Aviation Herald report stated that ATC tried to contact the pilots several times, but without success. When the plane crossed the runway where it was supposed to land, the autopilot disconnected. Both the pilots of the plane woke up after the alarm sounded.

After this, he swung the plane around to land on the runway after 25 minutes. Good thing there was no damage and the plane landed safely. Even after waking up, it took 25 minutes for the pilots to land the plane. During this the plane made several rounds of the airport. Thankfully no one was hurt and the plane landed safely.

After this the plane was stopped from taking the next flight. It was only after a detailed investigation of about 2.5 hours that the aircraft was allowed to take off on the next flight. Data from Aviation Surveillance System ADS-B confirmed that the incident occurred and the aircraft took off over the runway. A photo of the plane’s flight path has also been posted, showing the plane cutting a loop near Addis Ababa airport.Aviation analyst Alex Maceras also posted about the incident on Twitter.

He said that the incident is a matter of grave concern. He also attributed this to the fatigue of the pilot. A similar incident came to light in May when two pilots fell asleep on a flight from New York to Rome. At that time his plane had gone 38,000 feet above the ground. An investigation by the aviation regulator had confirmed that both the pilots of ITA Airways were sleeping at the time of the incident.

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