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The pilot put on the autopilot and went to sleep - flew 50 km too far

When the aircraft was scheduled to begin the approach and go in for a landing on the australian island of Tasmania, there was nothing. The plane just continued on its original course with the autopilot turned on.

Why: the Pilot was asleep, reports the australian Associated Press and several other news sites. The case is also referred to by the Norwegian

the First 46 kilometers after passing the landing site, woke up the not identified the pilot and started the landing, which went without any problems - apart from that the trip from Davenport took a little longer than planned.


According to australian media to the event to have taken place early in the morning 8. november, in the year, and the pilot is now under investigation.

the Pilot was the only person on board propellflyet of the type Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain, says the company that owns the aircraft, the Vortex the Air.

The Melbourne-based company admits in a statement that "the pilot involuntarily fell asleep while he had command of the aircraft."

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the Situation was evident when the traffic control was not in place to contact the pilot. The report from the air traffic control shows that it was made several attempts to call the plane when it went in for a landing as planned.

Security is most important

The australian agency for transport security (The Australian Transport Safety Bureau), which corresponds to the Norwegian accident investigation board, investigating the episode, and will also check if the actual pilot was exhausted.

Vortex Air indicates that the current morning-the flight was the pilot's first after having had a break. He continued to fly several routes on the same day.

the Company said in its statement that the safety always has the highest priority, refers to the fact that the event is extremely rare, and that they have an unspotted statistics relating to the security.

- We want to help this pilot to get back to normal service, " says Vortex Air also in its press release.

Vortex Air flying both freight and passengers in their plane.

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