Betty on the News: As Airline Crew Argues, Plane Overshoots Airport
Controllers feared the worst after airliner overshot destination.
On Wednesday a passenger flight traveling from San Diego, California, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, exceeded its destination airport by nearly 150 miles, prompting federal investigators to explore the possibility that the pilots had become distracted – as they claimed.
Air traffic controllers had lost radio communication with the Northwest Airlines Airbus A320 for more than an hour before finally making contact with the pilot. Unfortunately his answers were so vague that controllers began to fear the plane may have been hijacked, as stated by a source familiar with the event.
“The crew stated they were in a heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness,” the safety board said in a news release.
Word to the wise: If you’re going to be responsible for the lives of 147 passengers, PAY ATTENTION. (CNN.com)