Wed, Sep 24, 2008
But They'll Need To Find New Jobs
The infamous napping go! Airlines pilots, who fell asleep en
route to Hilo, HI on a short flight from Honolulu on the morning of
February 13, have both completed their suspensions by the FAA and
may return to flight duty... though it's unclear whether another
airline would hire them.
The Associated Press reports Captain Scott Oltman, 45, and
23-year-old First Officer Dillon Shepley wrapped up their
respective suspensions earlier this month. Both were grounded for
careless and reckless operation of their CRJ-200, which instead of
landing in Hilo flew past its destination at FL210, and out to sea.
Controllers were unable to establish contact with the plane for 25
Oltman -- who was later diagnosed with a severe form of sleep
apnea, which causes people to stop breathing and hinders their
ability to rest normally -- received a 60 day suspension. Shepley
received a 45-day reprimand.
As ANN reported, go! -- a subsidiary of Mesa
Air Group -- fired both pilots in late April.
To this day, investigators aren't certain what could have caused
both men to fall asleep on the 214-mile island hop. The FAA has
since determined go! couldn't be faulted in the case, saying the
airline provided the pilots with a 15-hour break between shifts,
nearly double the mandated eight-hour minimum.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the AP he wasn't sure whether
either pilot has been hired by another airline.
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