FAA Investigating: Did Boston MedFlight Pilot Fall Asleep During Flight?

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a Boston MedFlight pilot allegedly fell asleep while transporting a patient.

In a statement to WBZ NewsRadio, the FAA confirmed the investigation, and said the alleged incident happened June 24 during a flight from Martha's Vineyard to a Boston hospital.

Boston MedFlight told WBZ NewsRadio that the pilot overflew the designated helipad. They said that pilot is no longer employed by the company.

"The transport was completed successfully and there were no injuries to the patient or flight crew," the statement read.

They said their investigation determined that "fatigue was a factor," and that the company is working with a fatigue management and safety consultant.

"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," Boston MedFlight added.

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