Feds interview NWA pilots, everyone still waiting for an answer
The investigation into what the heck happened on the NWA flight that missed the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last week by 150 miles continues and we just want a straight answer about what these pilots were doing that was more important than listening to air traffic control. The suspense is getting uncomfortable.
Federal investigators interviewed the captain and first officer of the flight on Sunday, but there have yet to be any public comments on what they said. Delta Airlines officials told the New York Times they now doubt the men fell asleep. They had a 17-hour layover in San Diego before the flight.
The pilots of Northwest 188 were Capt. Timothy B. Cheney, 53, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and First Officer Richard I. Cole, 54, of Salem, Ore.
In a brief statement, Cole said they were not asleep and no argument took place. So seriously guys. What happened?
Here is the latest NBC report, including that statement:
Other details of the flight have been coming out this weekend. According to the Associated Press , the White House was aware of the incident and was monitoring the flight. The cockpit did not communicate with air traffic control for more than an hour and there was concern the plane may have been hijacked.
The flight attendants will be interviewed in the next few days. Due to the severity of the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration has warned both pilots that their licenses could be suspended based on the investigation findings.
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