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158 Passengers Killed due to Sleep Pilot

Pilot in Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore, southern India, was blamed for the accident that killed 158 people in May 2010.

The Indian government investigation results prove, the pilot of the Serbian named Zlatko Glusica was disoriented because of falling asleep on a flight for 3-4 hours, the Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday (11/17/2010).

Indian Government officials who do not want to be named confirmed the reports Hindustan Times. However, these officials said, reports the results will be announced after the investigation was submitted to the parliament of India.

Investigation team said the pilot Glusica too late to react and not follow some standard operating procedure when landing. Meanwhile, the airlines do not provide feedback about these findings.

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters that the ministry admitted it had received reports about it on Tuesday (11/16/2010). He said the government would take action after studying the report.

Incidents in Mangalore is the worst plane crash in India since November 1996. At that time, 349 people died in a plane owned by Saudi Arabian airline collided in the air of New Delhi with a cargo plane from Kazakhstan.

This report adds to concerns around the world about the dangers of pilots that work fatigue due to heavy work schedule.


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