Pilot misses destination by 29 miles after dozing off

  • 08 Dec - 14 Dec, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
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A pilot in Australia is being investigated after he fell asleep in the cockpit and missed destination by 29 miles.

The pilot, who was the only person on board at the time, overshot the remote Tasmanian island where the fight was due to land after dozing off.

The Piper PA-31 was travelling from Devonport to King Island on a routine flight by Vortex Air, a high-end private jet tourism operator.

Flight tracker data from 8 November shows the plane leaving Devonport at 6.21am, but overshooting King Island and doubling back on its path after some distance flying across the sea. It eventually arrived at King Island at 7.21am.

Although there was no damage to the aircraft, the incident is still being regarded as serious.