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Boston MedFlight Pilot Falls Asleep Transporting Patient - FAA investigating

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating allegations that the pilot of an emergency medical helicopter fell asleep at the controls with a patient aboard, officials said.

According to a statement from the FAA, the pilot was flying a Boston MedFlight helicopter from Martha’s Vineyard to a Boston-area hospital on June 24 when the alleged incident occurred.

Boston MedFlight chief executive Maura Hughes said in a statement that the company found fatigue was a factor and is working with a fatigue management consultant and safety consultant to review company policies and procedures.


The pilot no longer works for Boston MedFlight. The company says it flies more than 1,840 critical care transport missions annually.

This story was originally reported by Associated Press.


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