FAA launches probe into helicopter pilot that fell asleep at controls

A Boston MedFlight pilot allegedly fell asleep while transporting a patient from Martha's Vineyard to a Boston hospital


By EMS1 Staff 

BOSTON — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials are investigating a former Boston MedFlight pilot who allegedly fell asleep during a flight to a Boston hospital.

According to ABC News, the pilot missed the designated helipad when transporting a patient from Martha's Vineyard to a Boston hospital on June 24.  FAA officials believe the pilot fell asleep at the controls.

Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes said that fatigue likely played a factor and the transport was completed without further incident. (Photo/Boston MedFlight)
Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes said that fatigue likely played a factor and the transport was completed without further incident. (Photo/Boston MedFlight)

Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes said that fatigue likely played a factor and the transport was completed without further incident.

Boston MedFlight no longer employs the pilot, and the company is working with a fatigue management consultant to ensure this doesn't happen again.

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