A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had nodded off.
A transcript of the flight recording released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Tuesday shows that the China Eastern flight crew made repeated attempts to contact the duty flight controllers at Wuhan Tianhe Airport - twice in English and once in Chinese. Those calls went unanswered.
Because air traffic control was asleep on duty, the plane was forced to abort its landing and returned to 900 meters and circle the airport for about 10 minutes before landing. The incident occurred at between 2 to 3 a.m.