Airliner Overshot Destination Airport
It's apparently happened again. Four
months after a go! Airlines CRJ cockpit crew
fell asleep on the job during a short Hawaiian interisland
flight, two Air India pilots are accused of doing the
The incident occurred June 4, reports the Times of India, and
involved a flight from Jaipur to Mumbai. The flight, which
originated in Dubai, has about 100 passengers onboard, claimed an
"After operating an overnight flight, fatigue levels peak -- and
so the pilots dozed off after taking off from Jaipur," the source
told The Associated Press.
According to the source, the aircraft continued on to its
destination on autopilot. The aircraft then overshot Mumbai at
cruise altitude, heading towards Goa.
"It was only after the aircraft reached Mumbai airspace that air
traffic control realized it was not responding to any instructions
and was carrying on its own course," the source said. "The aircraft
should have begun its descent about 100 miles from Mumbai, but here
it was still at cruising altitude. We checked for hijack."
ATC was eventually able to "buzz" the cockpit crew, and the
plane returned to an uneventful landing at Mumbai.
Air India vigorously denied the claim the pilots were
sleeping... though a spokesman for the airline admits one of its
plane overshot Mumbai on June 4. "The report is absolutely
incorrect, devoid of facts, misleading and irresponsible. It is a
figment of imagination," Air India spokesman Jitender Bhargava told
Agence-France Presse, adding the overshot was due to a
"We have gone through the flight reports of the last 30 days. A
plane did cross Mumbai for 15 kilometers because it had lost
contact for a few moments," Bhargava said. "At those speeds 15
kilometres is covered in a very short time."
Bhargava also accused the Times of having an axe to grind...
saying the paper was "batting for somebody."