Australia-bound flight misses landing, flies extra 50 km after pilot falls asleep; transport bureau to begin interrogation
Officials of Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have not said how the pilot awoke before landing the Australia-bound plane safely.
Canberra: A small plane overshot its destination in Australia by almost 50 km after its pilot fell asleep in the cockpit, air safety officials said on Tuesday.
"The pilot was the only person on board the Piper PA-31 aircraft from Devonport to King Island in Tasmania on 8 November," the BBC reported.
The incident, classified as a case of "incapacitation", is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
Officials have not said how the pilot awoke before landing the plane safely.
"During the cruise, the pilot fell asleep, resulting in the aircraft overflying King Island by 46 kilometres," the ATSB said in a statement.
The ATSB said it would interview the pilot and review operating procedures before releasing a report in 2019.
In 2017, five people died when a plane on its way to King Island crashed moments after takeoff in Melbourne.
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