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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2:25 pm | Updated: 11:04 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

HONOLULU - Federal investigators confirm that two go! Hawaii Airline pilots fell asleep when they were flying to Honolulu to Hilo in February and overshot the runway by 15 miles.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jana Price says air traffic controllers frantically radioed go! Flight 1002 on Feb. 13, but got no response from the pilots.

Price says both pilots unintentionally fell asleep as the Bombardier CRJ-200 jet carrying 40 passengers flew at 21,000 feet.

Price says the two pilots had been flying together for three days with early start times and a demanding schedule.

The parent company of go!, Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group Inc., did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The two unidentified pilots were fired.

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