Pilot Falls Asleep and Flies Plane Past Destination

Pilot Falls Asleep and Flies Plane Past Destination
An investigation has been launched after a pilot missed his landing by more than 28 miles (46 kilometers) after falling asleep during a chartered flight. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said they are investigating an alleged “pilot incapacitation” which occurred on a flight from Devonport, Tasmania, to neighboring King Island. It is alleged that the Piper PA-31, VH-TWU flight, operated by Vortex Air, flew straight passed its intended destination of King Island Airport for several miles, before turning around and landing safely on November 8. It is not clear if there were any passengers on board the flight at the time. “The trip was the first of seven flown that day by the Piper PA-31 Navajo, which can carry up to nine passengers,” reports The Australian. “The ATSB is investigating a pilot incapacitation involving a Piper PA-31, VH-TWU, operated by Vortex Air, near King Island Airport, Tasmania on 8 November 2018,” the agency said in a statement. “During the cruise, the pilot fell asleep resulting in the aircraft overflying King Island by 46km. As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and review operational procedures.”

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