NTSB faults schedule, medical condition in "sleeping pilots" case

08/4/2009 | USA Today

The NTSB has issued a final report on a 2008 incident in which a commuter flight in Hawaii flew past its destination airport because both pilots were asleep. Investigators noted that both pilots had started working prior to 6 a.m. for three consecutive days. "This likely caused the pilots to receive less daily sleep than is needed to sustain optimal alertness and resulted in an accumulation of sleep debt and increased levels of daytime fatigue," according to the report, which also said one pilot suffered from undiagnosed severe obstructive sleep apnea.

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