24 October, 2009

Pilots in 'heated discussion' forget to land plane

Pilots in 'heated discussion' forget to land plane

Aviation officials in the United States are investigating why the pilots on an airliner with 150 people on board lost contact with controllers for an hour and flew more than 200 kilometres past their destination.

The two pilots of North West Airline's flight 188 told US Transport Safety officials they lost contact with Air Traffic controllers because they had become distracted during a heated discussion about airline policy.

Federal investigators are expected to review the plane's voice recorders to determine whether the crew were indeed distracted or whether fatigue had been a factor.

When the airbus A-320 failed to respond to air traffic controllers military authorities were alerted and fighter jets were put on standby status over fears of a hijacking.


ABC 24-10-9


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