I can certainly understand people sleep walking, but “sleep flying” would be a whole different ballgame. A story in today’s Honolulu Star-Bulletin titled “Tapes show go! pilots unresponsive in flight” got me thinking if such a medical condition exists and could it be a possible reason go! airlines pilots overshot Hilo Airport by 15 miles on February 13.
A quick search of the term “sleep flying” on WebMD came back with negative results. But all media reports thus far suggest there’s a good possibility the pilots were asleep at the wheel that day. Or “busy” doing other things instead of paying attention to the task at hand.
[Photo courtesy of Honolulu Star-Bulletin]