Friday, October 23, 2009
Asleep at the wheel? Stoned? An Northwest Airlines jet misses runway by about 150 miles
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a runaway 'plane flight Wednesday night where Northwest pilots approaching Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in an Airbus A320 overshot the airport by around 150 miles. They had to circle back to land. To the panic of the air-traffic controllers, they also lost radio contact. Controllers knew the plane hadn't crashed, but there was no response for an alarming period of time. The NTSB is trying to figure out exactly what really happened up there.
It happened on another plane recently, as well.
According to the Associated Press, the crew claims they were distracted by a heated debate on airline policy and lost track of where they were. Really?
Were the pilots momentarily abducted?
Northwest had another snafu this week when their crew on a 767 from Brazil to Atlanta landed on the taxiway instead of the runway.