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