Napping on Northwest Airlines?

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  1. DollyPardonMe

    DollyPardonMe New Member

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    10-21-09
    Federal officials say they're investigating whether pilot fatigue was a factor in an incident where a Northwest Airlines jet overshot its planned destination (the Minneapolis airport) by 150 miles. The plane, with 147 people aboard, landed safely yesterday evening after crew members discovered their mistake. Officials say the plane lost radio contact with controllers for about 45 minutes. The cockpit crew claim they were distracted during a discussion in the cockpit.

    That's THEIR story and theyre sticking to it...LOL
    Everyone else seems to think these pilots took a little nap and flew over their destination by 150 miles. I am SO terrified of flying I can't even take a nap... Nice to know the pilots can!
     
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  3. crystalgenie

    crystalgenie New Member

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    I don't think they were napping.... I think something else..., but my mind might be in the gutter. LOL!!!
     
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    MarleneM Inactive

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    Either way, for what we're being 'raped' by airlines to travel these days, this just pizzes me off.
     
  5. Snick1946

    Snick1946 Active Member

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    Mine got there right away on this one. However it involved possible hankypanky with female staff.
    FAA will get to the bottom of it. Wait, that didn't sound right....
     
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    sniperacer Former Member

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    The older "black box" on this plane only records 30 minutes of cockpit noise (newer record 2 hours). The timeframe in question was not recorded.

    Thus the pilots can say whatever excuses they want. And they (the pilots) know they will be fired anyway (as they should based upon lying and poor piloting).

    We may never know for sure exactly what happened.
     
  8. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    My mind was in the gutter as well, except for two things:

    1) They flew for over an hour (78 minutes, IIRC) without making contact or acknowledging. There's not a man alive who is that absorbed for that long not to notice alarms and people calling them over the radio!

    2) If that's really what they were doing, I would think they'd be so nervous about being caught that they'd never relax enough to lose track of time like that.

    To be honest, the only thing that make's sense is that they both fell asleep. If they are anything like my husband and sons, the world could end and they wouldn't wake up!
     
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    http://www.kirotv.com/news/21411439/detail.html

    I can't find the link to the actual video unless it was at the end of this clip but the co-pilot was interviewed in Salem Oregon last night on KIRO. He had such a smirk on his face, self-satisfied if you ask me. The quote below is from the AP via KIRO.

    "We were not asleep; we were not having an argument; we were not having a fight," Cole told The Associated Press.

    He would not discuss why it took so long for the pilots to respond to radio calls, "but I can tell you that airplanes lose contact with the ground people all the time. It happens. Sometimes they get together right away; sometimes it takes awhile before one or the other notices that they are not in contact."
    BBM

    I'm waiting for the jokes on Late Night... he didn't help his case at all...
     
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    sniperacer Former Member

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    They were working on their laptop computers? One pilot teaching another how to schedule? I'm guessing the computers will not be inspected.

    This is as good an excuse as any.


    Pilots
     
  11. sniperacer

    sniperacer Former Member

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    Coffee, tea, or me? LOL.

    That was my first thought, when the pilots quoted as saying "Working on laptops". Working on laptops? Both of them? Isn't their "working" job to be flying the plane? The airline officals say this was against policy. They will be fired.

    But no, this excuse isn't as sucky, IMO, as sleeping, sex or whatever. It will be forgotten quickier. They may even get another flying job as long as they promise to leave the laptops behind?

    Too bad we will never know the true story.
     
  12. ljwf22

    ljwf22 Reality continues to ruin my life.

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    I thought I heard on CNN that the FAA wants their licenses.
     
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    I thought they had their licenses revoked.

    This is a terrible story, and I'm usually not afraid of flying but this surely alarms me.

    Something is awfully fishy about BOTH pilots not bothering to answer radio calls for 90 minutes.
     
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    Documents released today

    I've had this happen to me - - not overshooting an airport but losing track of time on the computer. Probably they shouldn't allow laptops in the cockpit.
     

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