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Crash of Indian flight from Dubai blamed on sleepy pilot

Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore crashed because of "sleep intertia", killing 158 people

Crash of Indian flight from Dubai blamed on sleepy pilot
The Air India Express flight overshot a hilltop runway, crashed and plunged over a cliff, killing 158 people instantly
Crash of Indian flight from Dubai blamed on sleepy pilot
Flowers are left at the site of the Air India Express crash on May 22, 2010
Crash of Indian flight from Dubai blamed on sleepy pilot
India rescue staff search for survivors in the wreckage of an Air India Express flight that crashed on May 22, 2010

The
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.

His
snoring, at times, was so loud it was picked up by the in-flight recorders.

Zlatko
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.  

On
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."

The
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.

Many
of the passengers were migrant workers returning from contracts in the Gulf.

Eight
people survived the crash.

The
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.

According
to the panel’s report, seen by Associated Press, Glusica reacted late and
failed to follow many standard operating procedures during the landing.

The
investigation team has now submitted its report to the country's civil aviation
ministry, which will share the findings with the Indian parliament.

In
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
airport.

 

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