FAA revokes licenses of Northwest pilots who overflew Minneapolis

October 27, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Federal Aviation Administration said today that it has revoked the licenses of Northwest Airlines’ Captain Timothy Cheney and First Officer Richard Cole who overshot their destination by 150 miles, while being distracted working on laptop computers discussing new work schedules. Laptop use in the cockpit is forbidden by Delta Air Lines Inc. company policy. The pilots reportedly were out of contact with air traffic controllers for an extended period of time and lost track of their jet’s position for an hour, and did not realize they had flown too far until a flight attendant inquired about the landing time.

The emergency revocations cite violations of numerous federal aviation regulations. Those include failing to comply with air traffic control instructions and clearances, and operating carelessly and recklessly. Air traffic controllers and airline officials repeatedly tried to reach them through radio and data contact, without success.  The pilots, Capt. Cheney, 53, and First Officer Cole, 54, have 10 days to appeal the emergency revocations to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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