October 26, 2009

NTSB Says Wayward Pilots Were Working On Laptops

After lots of speculation about airline pilots possibly being asleep on the job, the real story is now out, and it's hard to tell whether it's better or worse. Apparently the NTSB says the wayward pilots were working on laptops, during the hourlong stretch in which they dropped out of contact and missed the flight's destination by over 100 miles.

The pilots, from Northwest airlines, could face termination according to the policies of the owner Delta Air Lines. Delta's rules state that this activity, which jeopardizes their ability to provide a safe and professional flight with every plant ticket, is ground for firing.

So if any pilots are reading this blog from the cockpit, please stop right now and get back to work!

NTSB Says Wayward Pilots Were Working On Laptops


The pilots aboard Northwest Flight 188 were using their personal laptops and were able to hear radio chatter when the plane dropped out of radio communications and overflew the Twin Cities airport by more than 100 miles, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report out today...

NTSB Says Wayward Pilots Were Working On Laptops

Posted at October 26, 2009 6:38 PM

Ok,I get it,or do I?Why can't they hear any communication?Pretty scarey.And somebodys not telling the whole truth.Sounds like we will never know.

Posted by: JB at October 26, 2009 7:52 PM

Reports of pilots sleeping and over flying their destination and now working or should it be said playing on laptops. What controll does the FAA have over these pilots if any. Are we really safe in the air with these jerks, so called pilots sleeping and playing on laptops. I don't think so.

Posted by: Sam at October 26, 2009 8:13 PM

Great stuff ... sure they meant no harm ... I'm sure they are grand lads

Posted by: petger at October 26, 2009 8:26 PM

I, ladies and gentlemen of the flying public, have been flying since I was 12 yr. old. Private Pilots license at 16 and still flying at 68. I am appalled and freightened for all of us flying commercially. This obvious, "Cover-up", is beyond reproach! No airline can be trusted with this kind of "SHAMEFUL DISREGARD FOR THE FLYING PUBLICS SAFETY! Laptop game-paying, sleeping or whatever they're hiding CANNOT BE TOLERATED FOR ONE SECOND! IT IS ABSOLUTE DERELICTION OF DUTY AND PLACED ALL IN PERIL, INCLUDING THEMSELVES! wHO ARE THEY TRYING TO FOOL!!! OUR VERY LIVES ARE AT STAKE! IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE THE JERKS!!!.......Dr.H..SAFE FLYING!!!!!!

Posted by: Dr. Dennis Hamling at October 26, 2009 8:55 PM

I am not sure whether the pilot's working on laptop is true or not. Maybe, the true reason will scare future passengers.

When I flied back to Dallas, TX from Detroit, Michigan on the afternoon of Oct. 14 (2009) recently. All passengers were waiting for a not arrived yet required crew member for more than 45 minutes and not be able to get boarded. Finally, she/he arrived lately and her/his attitude is something like that this late arrival is the the way suppose to be.

It seems to me that lots of fly crews in this airline are absent minded about their job.
I reaqlly think that Delta should do somthing on Northwest part of Delta.

I will be very scared to fly this airline again.

Posted by: Wayne Ciao at October 26, 2009 9:06 PM

Oh come on...really,

They took off later than scheduled...they made a mistake and didn't change radio frequency when they left one control area and entered another. The lack of communication caused concern on the ground.

But...they weren't drinking or stunt flying. It may violate their company policy and may cost tnem their jobs, but I haven't heard abount any laws being broken, or any actual danger. They missed their offramp...let the punishment fit the crime.

Posted by: Steven vanWormer at October 26, 2009 9:06 PM

I think they were having sex.

Posted by: Lalla at October 26, 2009 9:16 PM

I think they were having sex.

Posted by: L at October 26, 2009 9:17 PM

They might have been jerking off.

Posted by: nebraska666 at October 26, 2009 9:55 PM

they were locked in a 69er

Posted by: Anonymous at October 26, 2009 11:11 PM

they were having sex dont bull s us

Posted by: paul at October 27, 2009 12:08 AM

Law of the cockpit, is, and will always be,Public Safety. Not only did they endanger the passengers on their flight,but any other flights in their immediate area. Since they were out of communication, how were they to be notified of any necessary instrument corrections that may have had to be made? No one has mentioned it yet, but how was anyone to know it wasn't a hyjacking?

Posted by: Lynn at October 27, 2009 1:12 AM

The sexual activity theory is the only one that should be considered...no men are that distracted by anything else. How stupid do they think we are? If there was a woman in the "cock" pit, she would have been able to manage this delicate situation. Two men experimenting obviously could not handle the pressure of multi tasking. If this was a hetero situation: it would have cum out already and been glorified!

Posted by: kikki at October 27, 2009 1:04 PM

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