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Two Ethiopian Airline pilots fall asleep, miss airport runway

Two Ethiopian Airlines pilots fell asleep whiles approaching the Addis Ababa airport.

Reports indicate that they fell asleep 37,000ft (11,000m) in the sky and missed the runway ‘before waking to safely land the plane,’ an aviation publication reported.

The incident which happened on Monday (August 15) involved a passenger flight from Sudan’s Khartoum airport heading to Addis Ababa.


The Boeing 737, with a 154-seat capacity, normally takes less than two hours on its route between the neighboring countries.

The duo are currently the subject of an investigation by the authorities with the state-owned Fana reporting that they have been put on leave pending the investigations.

Air traffic lost contact with the pilots at a point following which they woke up and landed the plane on its second approach, the Aviation Herald said.

“Pilot fatigue is nothing new, and continues to pose one of the most significant threats to air safety – internationally,” aviation analyst, Alex Macheras, stated.

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