Ethiopian Airlines Airplane misses Landing after both Pilots fall asleep
Both Pilots flying a Boeing 737 for Ethiopian Airlines fell asleep at the controls and missed the landing on Monday - before being woken by an alarm when the autoPilot disconnected.
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET343 was supposed to land at 0620Hrs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia after a two-hour flight from Khartoum, Sudan, the incident occurred on an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 en route from Khartoum to Addis Ababa, the report said. , "While the Pilots fell asleep" and "The Aircraft continued to move from the bottom peak."
Data obtained by the website indicated that the plane was cruising on autoPilot at an altitude of 37,000 feet when it failed to land at its scheduled destination, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, on August 15.
Air traffic control was apparently unable to reach the crew despite several attempts at contact. However, an alarm was triggered when the Aircraft overtook the runway and continued along the route.
The Aircraft began to descend later, landing safely about 25 minutes later.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data shows the Aircraft is flying over the runway before starting the maneuver for its landing and second approach.
"We have received a report that indicates that Ethiopian flight number ET343 on its way from Khartoum to Addis Ababa was temporarily in communication with Addis Ababa Air Traffic Control on 15 August 2022," Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement on Friday. was lost."
The flight landed safely after communication was later restored. The crew concerned has been removed from the operation pending further investigation.
"Based on the outcome of the investigation, appropriate corrective action will be taken. Safety has always been and will be our first priority," the statement said.
However, Air traffic control in the Ethiopian capital observed that instead of landing for final approach, the jet - which has a capacity of 154 seats - remained at an altitude of 37,000 feet.
Controllers made several attempts to contact the Pilots, but to no avail.