Two pilots fall asleep while flying at 37,000 feet, miss landing

Two pilots flying a flight from Sudan to Ethiopia fell asleep when the flight Boeing 737-800 ET-343 was at 37,000 feet above sea level, miss landing and wakes up 25 mins later to land!!!

This incident took place on Monday according to the Aviation Herald. Also Aviation Herald told that the Air Traffic Control (ATC) raised an alert when the flight approached airport, but did not start the descent.

The aircraft was an autopilot was continuing in accordance with the route set up by the Flight Management (FMC) was expected to land in the runway that was designated for it.

ATC tried to contact the pilot crew numerous times, but could not succeed in waking them up. The pilots woke up from the sound of disconnect wailer that rang very loudly after the autopilot disconnected. The crew then maneouvered the aircraft for a safe landing on runway 25L about 25 minutes after overflying the runway at FL370.

The aircraft remained on the ground and took off 2 hours 30 mins later for the next flight.

“Deeply concerning incident at Africa’s largest airline — Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 #ET343 was still at cruising altitude of 37,000ft by the time it reached its destination Addis Ababa. Why hadn’t it started to descend for landing? Both pilots were asleep,” the aviation analyst Alex Macheras tweeted.

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