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AIRLINE PILOTS FELL ASLEEP WITH FLYING PLANE AND MISSED THEIR AIRPORT LANDING

Two airplane pilots for Ethiopian Airlines, reportedly fell asleep and missed their landing during a flight from Suda to Ethiopia on 15 August, according to Aviation Herald.

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The Ethiopian Airlines flight ET343, a Boeing 737-800, was on its way from Khartoum to Addis Ababa at the time, ferrying passengers.

The pilots apparently fell asleep and failed to land in Ethiopia on their first approach, and ended up flying past the runway and staying in the air.

The air traffic control had tried to contact the pilots repeatedly but got no response, and the two sleeping beauties were eventually woke up by an alarm that set off when the autopilot got disengaged when they flew past the landing point.

They then rerouted the plane back to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport where they landed safely about 25 minutes later.

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No injuries were reported and the plane landed safely.

Following the incident, Ethiopian Airlines said that the concerned crew have been removed from operation, pending further investigation.

“Appropriate corrective action will be taken based on the outcome of the investigation. Safety has always been, and will continue to be our first priority.”

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