Boston MedFlight pilot accused of falling asleep while flying to hospital

A pilot for Boston MedFlight is accused of falling asleep while in the air. (Photo: Boston25News.com)
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A pilot for Boston MedFlight is accused of falling asleep while in the air. (Photo: Boston25News.com)

A pilot for Boston MedFlight is accused of falling asleep while in the air.

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The FAA tells Boston 25 News that it is investigating after a Boston MedFlight pilot allegedly fell asleep while flying a helicopter to a Boston hospital from Martha's Vineyard. The incident allegedly happened June 24.

Boston MedFlight says the pilot, "overflew the designated helipad," before going on to say that the transport was made successfully and without injury to anyone onboard.

The organization released a statement on the incident, which read in part:

"Our investigation determined that fatigue was a factor and we are now working with a fatigue management consultant and a safety consultant to review our policies and procedures so that this isolated incident does not happen again. Throughout our 34-year history as a nonprofit organization providing critical care medical transport to over 75,000 patients in need, the safety of our patients and crews has always been our highest priority."

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