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Wayward Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot Minneapolis were on their laptops

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Those two Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles last week told investigators they were engrossed in their laptops and "lost track of time."

 

The flighty flight crew members said they were checking new work schedules on their portable computers as the A-320 with 144 passengers aboard drifted beyond its destination on autopilot, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

 

Operating the laptops in the cockpit during the flight violated the airline's safety rules.

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/10/27/2009-10-27_wayward_pilots_were_on_their_laptops_feds_say.html#ixzz0V9aft4W3

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Wth?! How does one overshoot their destination on a plane, especially if the plane is capable of flying itself?

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As it turns out, these pilots were supposedly on their laptops trying to figure out the new software for submitting work schedules.

 

People are freaking out about these pilots, and I understand why. To be honest, It may seem like something simple as overshooting a landing, but as pilots, they have the lives of passengers in their hands. Any minute mistake can possibly be fatal. For them to not be paying attention, anything could have happened. Not to mention the delay for the passengers in the air, and even on the ground.

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Some planes alert the pilots when they near their last waypoint, some don't, the plane was on autopilot. There was enough fuel left to make it 2x over, they just should have followed procedure & waited to land at the gate to check the laptops.

 

- A

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