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Northwest's Ghost Flight

WTF?

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By now everyone has heard the story of the Northwest Airlines flight that overshot Upfront's hometown by 150 miles. The flight reportedly turned around only after a stewardess alerted pilots that they appeared to have missed their approach to Minneapolis and by that point they were probably closer to Milwaukee than MSP. This week the FAA announced that is was suspending the license of the two pilots, one of whom was from Salem, pending an investigation into the mishap. While people initially speculated that the pair had dozed off at the controls, a new explanation surfaced this week. The pair was reportedly working on a laptop - multitasking if you will.
Meanwhile, air traffic control and company dispatchers were frantically trying to reach the wayward plane while the National Guard readied to scramble fighters for an intercept. While we all knew that driving and texting didn't match, apparently flying a commercial airliner and Excel spreadsheets are now incompatible. WTF?

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