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China Eastern plane forced to abort landing when air traffic controllers doze off

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 4:43 PM - A China Eastern passenger plane was forced to abort its descent into Wuhan airport when air traffic controllers fell asleep on the job, according to a new internal investigation.

A transcript of the July 8 incident by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) was released Tuesday.

In it, it was revealed the crew of flight MU2528 from China's Sanya, Hainan region made several attempts to contact air traffic controllers in both English and Chinese prior to landing. The calls were ignored.

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The plane was forced to circle the airport for approximately 10 minutes before being given the go-ahead to land.

Local authorities are blaming the incident on "human error" while stressing that travelling by air remains incredibly safe, despite recent headlines.

Neither China Eastern nor CAAC has commented on the incident.

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