Wayward Pilots Were Working on Their Laptops

By: Joan Lowy AP Email
By: Joan Lowy AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Northwest Airlines pilots told federal investigators that they were going over scheduling using their laptop computers in violation of company policy while their plane overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles.

National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement Monday that the pilots said in interviews that they were not fatigued and didn't fall asleep after taking off from San Diego, as many aviation safety experts have said was likely.

The board said the pilots told investigators the first officer was instructing the captain on monthly flight crew scheduling. The pilots were out of communication with air traffic controllers and their airline for over an hour and didn't realize their mistake until contacted by a flight attendant.

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