Jet Landing Delayed in China as Air Traffic Control Staff Were Asleep

An airport control tower in China. (Screenshot/Weixin)
An airport control tower in China. (Screenshot/Weixin)

A Boeing 737 due to arrive at Wuhan airport had to delay its landing because the air traffic controllers on duty had dozed off.

The China Eastern Airlines flight did land safely in the end, but had to circle for 12 minutes while waiting for a response, according to Sina News.

The incident happened last month, and an investigation revealed that two controllers had fallen asleep. Although the report was published at the end of July, it wasn’t made public til August 19.

Netizens responded angrily to the news, but some sympathized, saying that working in the control tower is exhausting work.

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