The control tower of the Ethiopian port has tried several times to contact the crew. Only the alarm woke the pilots who then headed for Addis Ababa
Two pilots of an Ethiopian airliner fell asleep in flight 11,000 meters high in the skies of Ethiopia and missed the scheduled landing at Addis Ababa airport. The control tower of the Ethiopian port tried several times to contact the crew, but the two did not respond because they were asleep.
Flying over the runway, Ethiopian Airlines disconnected, setting off the alarm that woke the couple. The two pilots reported the aircraft to the Ethiopian capital, as shown by the radar of the flightaware.com portal, the 8-shaped route near the destination airport is evident. The flight departed from the Sudanese airport of Khartoum arrived in Addis Ababa 25 minutes after flying over the runway for the first time.
An aviation analyst, Alex Macheras, described the incident as “deeply worrying”: “Pilot fatigue is nothing new and continues to represent one of the most significant threats to aviation safety internationally.”