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Pilots fired after overshooting Hawaii runway

Two pilots for Hawaii’s go! airlines who overshot a runway by 15 miles while trying to land on the state’s big island have been fired.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Two pilots for Hawaii’s go! airlines who overshot a runway by 15 miles while trying to land on the state’s big island have been fired.

Mesa Air Group confirms Thursday that it fired the pilots but it won’t identify them. go! is an inter-island carrier that Mesa runs.

Investigators had said they were looking into whether the pilots had fallen asleep when their plane carrying 40 passengers drifted off course during a Feb. 13 flight from Honolulu to Hilo. Air traffic controllers were unable to contact the cockpit for 25 minutes.

The plane landed safely in Hilo.

The Air Line Pilots Association says it filed a grievance with the airline on the pilots’ behalf. Union attorney John Dean says the pilots were fired 10 days ago.