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A Northwest Airlines flight approaching Minneapolis Wednesday night lost contact with controllers for more than an hour and overshot its destination by about 150 miles before circling back to land. Federal safety regulators are investigating the incident as a possible case of pilots nodding off, according to government and airline-industry officials familiar with the matter.
Controllers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport were able to re-establish contact with the Airbus A320, after a one hour and 18 minute lapse, before the plane, flight 188 en route from San Diego, landed safely
Though the practice of nodding off midflight in the cockpit is strictly prohibited by the FAA, U.S. airlines and pilot unions say there is a growing body of research supporting the notion that so-called controlled napping can enhance safety by making crews more alert during critical, often hectic, descents and landings.
The FAA have the black boxes so will put this to rest...
The pilots didn't become aware of their situation until a flight attendant contacted them on the intercom, said a source familiar with the investigation.
The FAA notified the military, which put Air National Guard fighter jets on alert at two locations. As many as four planes could have been scrambled, but none ever took to the air.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
Point is, and I think this is important for the 9/11 "CTs" you think that NORAD is called out on EVERY Domestic airplane that loses ATC contact....even today, we see it's not the case. Not now, and certainly not in September, 2001.
Originally posted by LiquidLight
Well, if they were simply having a heated discussion about company policy, then the cockpit recorder should be able to put the issue to rest.