The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether the pilots of a go! airlines flight fell asleep on the way from Honolulu to Hilo on Feb. 13.
FAA public affairs officer Ian Gregor confirmed the investigation but said the FAA could not comment until it completes its investigation.
KGMB-9 reported Monday that air traffic controllers tried to contact the pilots of Flight 1002 for 25 minutes and received no response.
The aircraft, which took off on time from Honolulu at 9:25 a.m., flew past the Big Island and 15 miles out to sea before turning around and landing, sources told the Honolulu news station. The 200-mile flight between Honolulu and Hilo typically takes about 40 minutes.
Jonathan Ornstein, chairman and CEO of Mesa Air Group, go!'s parent company in Phoenix, told PBN on Tuesday: “At this point, it is under investigation by Mesa, and until that investigation is complete and we have a better understanding of what happened, we can’t comment.”
Gregor said pilots who violate FAA regulations can be subject to a wide range of sanctions, including revocation of their pilot’s license.
“Until we determine exactly what happened, it would be inappropriate to comment what if any action will be done,” Gregor said.