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Shocking! Plane misses destination by 50 km after the pilot flying the aircraft falls asleep; here's what happened next

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 November 2018, 16:31 IST

In a weird incident, a small plane misses its destination by almost 50 km after its lone pilot flying the aircraft fell asleep in the cockpit. The pilot was the only person on board the Piper PA-31 aircraft from Devonport to King Island in Tasmania on November 8, broadcaster BBC reported.

As per reprots, the incident is being classified as a case of "incapacitation", and is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

Meanwhile, Officials have not said how the pilot awoke before landing the plane safely.

"During the cruise, the pilot fell asleep, resulting in the aircraft overflying King Island by 46 kilometres," the ATSB said in a statement.

The ATSB said it would interview the pilot and review operating procedures, before releasing a report next year.

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First published: 27 November 2018, 16:31 IST
 
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