Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pilots of wayward jet lose licenses

The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked the licenses of the two Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot a Minnesota airport by 150 miles during a 78-minute period of radio silence last week.
Capt. Timothy B. Cheney, 53, and First Officer Richard I. Cole, 54, were piloting Northwest Flight 188 from San Diego, California, to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport Wednesday when air traffic controllers lost radio contact with the Airbus A320 over the Denver, Colorado, area. What if it was Captain Sully flying that plane? I think that he'd get off the hook. His flight 1549 had 155 passengers that he saved. Northwest flight 188 had 144 passengers. So if he was flying and that plane went down, in the worst case scenario that all 144 passengers died he'd still be up 11.

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