Monday, February 25, 2008
Sleeping go! Pilots Suspended
KGMB9 reported that in addition to the incident on February 13, another go! flight had a communications blackout for 10 to 15 minutes the day before on a Kona-Honolulu flight. The FAA is also investigating that incident.
The pilots face a written reprimand, or suspension or revocation of their licenses. Local news stations reported that air traffic controllers received no response from the crew of Flight 1002 for 25 minutes of the 200-mile, 40-minute flight which departed at 9:25 am. It flew past the island of Hawaii and 15 miles out to sea before it turned around. Mesa, parent company of go!, said it is also investigating.
Mesa has not released identity of the suspended pilots but a spokesperson said the captain has more than 15 years of flying experience. He was reportedly based in Nashville and volunteered for temporary duty in Hawaii, according to the airline.