Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Fall Asleep During Landing
Two pilots flying an Ethiopian Airlines plane from Sudan to Ethiopia fell asleep on the job at a height of 11,000 m. When it was time to land, they continued toward the runway without descending. The control tower had tried to contact the pilots but received no response. Thankfully, when the pilots flew past the runway, the autopilot mode was automatically switched off. This caused an alarm to start, which woke the pilots. They turned the plane around and landed it safely. No one was injured.
Ethiopian Airlines has put the two pilots on leave and is investigating the incident. It promised the public that safety was its top priority.
Many people reacted with shock on the internet, saying it only made sense to dismiss the pilots. Others were worried for the pilots, who took off from Sudan at 3:30 a.m. Many didn’t understand why such flights were scheduled. Others talked about how working conditions for Ethiopian Airlines’ staff are terrible.
Boram Ma For The Junior Times
1. Where was the plane flying from and to?
2. What happened when the plane flew past the runway?
3. How did Ethiopian Airlines respond to this incident?
1. Do you prefer early morning flights or late night flights? Why?
2. In your opinion, when is the ideal time to fly? Why?
3. In your opinion, who is most at fault for causing this incident?
4. What can airlines and pilots do to prevent such incidents from occurring?