Were go! airlines pilots “sleep flying”?

Posted: March 16, 2008 by Nathan Kam in Random Raves & Rants
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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.

Regardless of whether pilots were sleeping or not has solidified my position to never fly go! airlines as long as Hawaiian and Aloha airlines are here.

-NGK

[Photo courtesy of Honolulu Star-Bulletin]

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