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Flight with 153 Passengers Veers Off Course After Both Pilots Fall Asleep in Cockpit

The passengers of the Indonesian aircraft were left unharmed in the incident, which took place in January

<p>Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty</p> Batik Air jet

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Batik Air jet

An investigation is being carried out in Indonesia after two pilots led a local airliner off course while falling asleep.

A Batik Air flight was sent in the wrong direction while traveling from Kendari, Indonesia, to the country’s capital, Jakarta, on Jan. 25 as both the pilot in command and secondary pilot slept on the plane, according to a report by Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee.

The Airbus A320, which carried 153 passengers, veered off course approximately one hour and 45 minutes into the flight after the secondary pilot, who had taken over flying duties from his colleague as he took a nap, also fell asleep.

According to the report, the 28-year-old co-pilot was tired after tending to his 1-month-old twin babies at home with his wife.

<p>Adek Berry/AFP/Getty</p> A passenger flight with 153 Passengers veered off course in Indonesia in January

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A passenger flight with 153 Passengers veered off course in Indonesia in January

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While flying the plane, the co-pilot kept in contact with Jakarta air traffic control as he experienced “light turbulence” and he was instructed to report back when the aircraft was “clear from bad weather conditions.”

A few moments later the co-pilot fell asleep, the report stated.

Jakarta air traffic control repeatedly attempted to get back in contact with the pilots with no response. After 28 minutes, the co-pilot finally woke up and realized that the aircraft had strayed off the flight path.

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He then woke up the 32-year-old pilot in command and the plane eventually landed safely in Jakarta. All passengers were left unharmed in the incident.

“No one was injured in this occurrence and there was no damage to the aircraft,” the report added.

The pilots have been temporarily suspended following the incident, according to a statement from Batik Air obtained by The New York Times.

PEOPLE has reached out to Batik Air for further comment.

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Despite medical tests determining the pilots’ capabilities to fly the airliner, the results didn’t align with what ended up happening.

Following the incident, Indonesia's head of air transport, M Kristi Endah Murni, shared the opinion, per the BBC, that Batik Air should pay more attention to their crew's rest time.

Batik Air said in response that it "operates with adequate rest policy" and that it was "committed to implement all safety recommendations," reported the outlet.

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