Wed, Oct 28, 2009
Airline Issues Statement On Northwest Flight 188
There is likely to be considerable turbulence in the wake of
Northwest Flight 188 traveling nearly 150 miles beyond its
destination of Minneapolis last week. Delta issued a statement
Monday regarding the company's cooperation with the NTSB and the
FAA in their investigations of the incident.
In the statement, Delta and its Northwest operating subsidiary
say they are continuing to openly and fully cooperate with the
NTSB and FAA to complete the investigation. The pilots in command
of Northwest Flight 188 remain suspended until the conclusion of
the investigations into this incident.
"Using laptops or engaging in activity unrelated to the pilots'
command of the aircraft during flight is strictly against the
airline's flight deck policies and violations of that policy will
result in termination," Delta said in the statement.
Delta CEO Richard Anderson said: "Nothing is more important to
Delta than safety. We are going to continue to cooperate fully with
the NTSB and the FAA in their investigations."
The NTSB released the initial findings of its investigation into
the incident Monday, including evidence that the pilots involved
said they were distracted at cruise altitude between San Diego and
Minneapolis-St. Paul. The NTSB's press release stated that the
pilots said in interviews that "there was a concentrated period of
discussion where they did not monitor the airplane or calls from
ATC even though both stated they heard conversation on the radio
... neither pilot noticed messages that were sent by company
dispatchers ... both said they lost track of time ... (and) each
pilot accessed and used his personal laptop computer while they
discussed the airline crew flight scheduling procedure."
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