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MSP-bound airplane goes silent, overshoots airport

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MU_was_not_so_hard, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Certainly one of those "Oh Shit" moments.
    Plane heading to Minny-St. Paul overshot the airport by 16 minutes while air traffic controllers et. al. tried to figure out what the fuck was going on. At one point, they were ready scramble fighters. Gotta wonder if the 147 people on board had any clue what was happening.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/10/23/airliner.fly.by/index.html
     
  2. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. [/crew's response]
     
  3. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Now the airlines want to institute a policy in which pilot naps would be permitted during flight.

    Hey, boys and girls, this isn't complicated. If I'm correct that federal law prohibits pilots from flying more than 100 hours in a month, that's an average of 23 hours and 15 minutes a week. If you can't stay awake for those 23 hours, go find something else to do.

    Yeah, I know, these pilots are doing other things when they're not flying. That's fine; I don't care if you fall asleep in a classroom, in a simulator or while you're otherwise shuffling papers. You're putting no one at risk.
     
  4. Simon_Cowbell

    Simon_Cowbell Active Member

    One pilot falling asleep? Sure.

    Both?

    Bullshit.
     
  5. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    The flight path:

    http://www.startribune.com/photos/?c=y&img=2flightpath.jpg
     
  6. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    When this all comes out I will bet that it turns out the 2 pilots were arguing.

    Delta and Northewest are merging, may be friction in the flight deck.

    http://avherald.com/h?article=4219f00f&opt=0

    The NTSB reported, that the crew told Air Traffic Control, that they had become distracted and had overflown Minneapolis and now requested to return.

    The FAA reported, that according to post flight interviews the crew had engaged in a heated debate over airline policies and lost situational awareness.
     
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Either that or "heated discussion over airline policy" is code for "getting hummers from flight attendants"
     
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'd say they were either sleeping or arguing.

    Or maybe playing Farkle.
     
  9. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    "Hey sweetheart, you forget the coffee!" [/good will hunting]
     
  10. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Not sure which is scarier - pilots sleeping through the flight, or pilots arguing to the point that for more than an hour they forget they're flying a plane.
     
  11. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Is their convo on cockpit voice recorder? How long before someone gets ahold of it?
     
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    I think the explanation is much simpler ...

    [​IMG]

    "Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes."
     
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