The Mesa Air Group CRJ200 pilots who fell asleep during a flight from Honolulu to Hilo on February 13 last year started work at 5:40 a.m. on three consecutive days before the incident, according to an NTSB factual report issued August 3.
The Feb. 13, 2008, incident in which both pilots fell asleep at the controls of a Go! Bombardier regional jet en route to Hilo, Hawaii, was caused by “the captain and first officer inadvertently falling asleep during the cruise phase of flight,” the Board noted. Luckily, the RJ carried extra fuel for a return trip to Honolulu, and the pilots woke up after flying 26 miles past Hilo.
Hawaii’s Island Air will fly de Havilland Dash 8s between Kahului, Maui, Lihue, Kauai and Hilo as Go!Express under the terms of a tentative code-share deal it signed with Mesa Air Group in late February.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2008–The 53-year-old captain and the 23-year-old copilot fell asleep on the Go! Airlines (a subsidiary of Mesa Airlines) flight from Honolulu to Hilo and flew 26 nm beyond General Lyman Field, the flight’s destination.
Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group reached a settlement with the former controlling shareholder of Aloha Airlines that Mesa hopes will allow it to rename its Go! subsidiary Aloha. Under the deal, Mesa has agreed to pay private-equity firm Yucaipa $2 million in cash, issue shares of Mesa common stock equal to 10 percent of its currently outstanding shares and provide former Aloha Airlines employees certain inter-island travel benefits.
The FAA suspended the two pilots who fell asleep during a scheduled flight for Mesa Air Group’s Hawaiian subsidiary Go! earlier this year for careless and reckless operation of an aircraft, the agency said yesterday. The captain, who received a citation for failing to maintain radio communications, received a 60-day suspension. The first officer incurred a 45-day suspension. Both pilots completed their suspensions on September 9.
Bombardier CL-600-2B19 CRJ, Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2008–The Mesa Airlines Go! flight from Honolulu to Hilo overflew its destination airport, Hilo International/General Lyman Field, in cruise. When the airplane was at 21,000 feet the controller tried unsuccessfully several times in 25 minutes to contact the crew, not reaching them until they were 15 miles beyond the airport.
Mesa Air Group has dropped its appeal of an $80 million award issued to Hawaiian Airlines and agreed to pay a $52.5 million settlement for using confidential information it obtained during Hawaiian’s 2004 bankruptcy proceedings to launch inter-island subsidiary Go! Last October the bankruptcy court ordered Mesa to pay Hawaiian post-judgment interest and its cost of litigation and lawyer fees.
Mesa Air Group has hired celebrated attorney Daniel Petrocelli and asked for a new trial after U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Faris ruled that Mesa must pay Hawaiian Airlines $80 million for misusing proprietary information it obtained during a failed attempt to participate in Hawaiian’s bankruptcy restructuring. Petrocelli, who represented the family of Ron Goldman in the civil trial against O.J.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Hawaii yesterday ruled in favor of Hawaiian Airlines in its lawsuit against Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group, awarding $80 million in damages and ordering Mesa to pay all of Hawaiian’s legal costs and “reasonable” lawyer fees. Hawaiian had asked for $173 million and an injunction barring Mesa from operating Go! for a year, a request Judge Robert Faris rejected.