By Joanne Bladd
Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore crashed because of "sleep intertia", killing 158 people
pilot at the controls of an Indian jet that crashed after leaving Dubai on May
22, killing 158 passengers, slept for more than half the flight, only waking
when it was time to land the plane, an official investigation has found.
snoring, at times, was so loud it was picked up by the in-flight recorders.
Glusica, a Serbian pilot with more than 10,200 hours of flying experience, was disorientated
as the Air India Express plane came into land as a result of “sleep inertia”, the
Court of Inquiry report said.
the recorder, his Indian co-pilot HS Ahluwalia can be heard repeatedly warning
him to abort the landing. The final words captured before the plane crashed
were from one of the pilots: "Oh my God."
Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore in southern India overshot a
hilltop runway, crashed and plunged over a cliff, killing 158 people instantly.
of the passengers were migrant workers returning from contracts in the Gulf.
people survived the crash.
six-member panel, which was appointed by the Indian government, examined data
from the digital flight recorder and the voice recorder of the aircraft,
recovered from the crash site.
to the panel’s report, seen by Associated Press, Glusica reacted late and
failed to follow many standard operating procedures during the landing.
investigation team has now submitted its report to the country's civil aviation
ministry, which will share the findings with the Indian parliament.
June 2008, an Air India aircraft flying to Mumbai with 100 passengers missed its destination
because the pilots were sleeping. When woken by Mumbai air traffic controllers, the plane was some 200 miles past the