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RobJohnson
10-27-2009, 02:39 AM
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The Northwest Pilots who overshot a Minnesota runway by 150 miles last week told investigators they were using their personal laptops in the cockpit, a violation of company policy, according to a National Transportation Safety Board advisory.

The two pilots, interviewed separately on Sunday, told investigators they lost track of time when they used their laptops while in a “concentrated period of discussion” about the new monthly crew flight scheduling system.

The system reportedly changed after the Northwest-Delta merger.

The pilots told NTSB officials that they had not been monitoring the airplane or calls from Air Traffic Control at that time, according to the report.


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Gingersnap
10-27-2009, 09:09 AM
Thankfully, Al Franken is all over this: he wants to ban personal computers from the cockpit. :rolleyes:

stsinner
10-27-2009, 09:14 AM
Thankfully, Al Franken is all over this: he wants to ban personal computers from the cockpit. :rolleyes:

Franken's a super-genius.. It says it's already against company policy... Evidently works about as well as a gun ban. In the pilots' defense, at 600 mph, 150 mph doesn't take that long to cover.. :)

linda22003
10-27-2009, 09:17 AM
Friends of mine fly for Northwest and say there's a lot more to this. They didn't respond to flight attendant calls, either. Apparently they retained their own attorneys immediately.

Gingersnap
10-27-2009, 09:23 AM
Friends of mine fly for Northwest and say there's a lot more to this. They didn't respond to flight attendant calls, either. Apparently they retained their own attorneys immediately.

LOL! I believe it. My BIL used to fly the Tokyo route for United. He says that it's pretty hard to ignore your route.

Personally, I'm guessing they were having wild monkey sex in the Mile High Club. :p

stsinner
10-27-2009, 09:26 AM
I read that fighters were put on alert but not scrambled because they immediately thought it was a possible hijacking.

Rockntractor
10-27-2009, 09:45 AM
They were probably posting on DU.

stsinner
10-27-2009, 09:47 AM
They were probably posting on DU.

LOL!!!

NJCardFan
10-27-2009, 11:01 AM
They were sleeping plain and simple.

lacarnut
10-27-2009, 11:10 AM
They were sleeping plain and simple.

That's what I think. Distracted by laptop discussion is bs. They were sleeping and should be fired.

Speedy
10-27-2009, 04:25 PM
Personally, I'm guessing they were having wild monkey sex in the Mile High Club. :p

More than once I have missed exits on the interstate while getting BJs. So it is plausible.

RobJohnson
10-28-2009, 01:27 AM
They were probably posting on DU.

Good one! :D

RobJohnson
10-28-2009, 01:28 AM
That's what I think. Distracted by laptop discussion is bs. They were sleeping and should be fired.

The union will protect them! :p

linda22003
10-28-2009, 07:55 AM
No, they won't. They've already lost their licenses.

JackKetch
11-04-2009, 10:31 PM
No, they won't. They've already lost their licenses.

good. i didn't think their union would protect them when they admitted gross negligence.

at least we learned that now the military again is ready to scramble jets in such situations.