Report: Pilots Slept on Flight from Baltimore and Denver

By: AP
By: AP

Denver (AP) Two commercial pilots allegedly fell asleep on a flight between Baltimore and Denver, with one pilot waking up to “frantic” calls from air traffic controllers warning them they were approaching the airport at twice the speed allowed.

The March 2004 event, which was discussed during a congressional hearing this week on air safety -- was reported by the captain on of a flight on NASA's Aviation Safety reporting system. That system allows crew members to anonymously document incidents.

Details of the “red eye,” or late night/early morning flight, including the airline, flight number, or number of passengers aboard are not included in the reporting system. It did note the type of airplane, an Airbus A319, which are flown by Frontier Airlines and United Airlines.

Neither airline had any record of the incident.


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