FAA investigates whether air ambulance pilot fell asleep with patient onboard

Mackenzie Bean - Print  | 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether an air ambulance pilot fell asleep while transporting a patient to a Boston-area hospital, reports CBS affiliate WBZ.

Boston MedFlight said the pilot overflew the designated helipad on June 24 and ruled that fatigue was a factor in the incident.

"The transport was completed successfully, and there were no injuries to the patient or flight crew," Boston MedFlight CEO Maura Hughes said in a statement cited by WBZ.

The company said it is working with fatigue management and safety consultants to review policies and procedures. The pilot no longer works for Boston MedFlight.

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