Sleepy Air Canada pilot thought Venus was a plane

Posted by News desk on 17 Apr, 2012 / Offbeat news

OTTAWA (Reuters)
A sleepy Air Canada pilot first mistook the planet Venus for an aircraft, and then sent his airliner diving toward the Atlantic to prevent an imaginary collision with another plane, an official report said on Monday.

Sixteen passengers and crew were hurt in the January 2011 incident, when the first officer rammed the control stick forward to avoid a US plane he wrongly thought was heading straight toward him.

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