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Licenses of 2 Northwest pilots who overshot airport are revoked

28 October 2009

FAA administrator J. Randolph Babbitt revoked the licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots who said they were distracted by laptops when they flew 150 miles past the Minneapolis International Airport before circling back to land.

Air traffic controllers lost radio contact with Northwest Flight 188, carrying 147 passengers, for 90 minutes Oct. 21. Controllers and airline dispatchers repeatedly tried to reach them through radio and data contact, without success. The agency cited the pilots for ignoring air traffic control instructions and “‘operating in a reckless manner that endangered the lives and property of others.'”

source: Washington Post

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