Thursday, October 22, 2009

Heated Discussion or deep sleep?

Seems that a Northwest crew overflew the airport by....150 miles. Investigation to follow:

National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594

October 22, 2009

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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an
incident where an Airbus A320 overflew the Minneapolis-St Paul
International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport (MSP).

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 5:56 pm mountain daylight time,
an Airbus A320, N03274, operating as Northwest Airlines (NWA) flight
188, became a NORDO (no radio communications) flight at 37,000 feet.
The flight was operating as a Part 121 flight from San Diego
International Airport, San Diego, California (SAN) to MSP with 147
passengers and unknown number of crew.

At 7:58 pm central daylight time (CDT), the aircraft flew over the
destination airport and continued northeast for approximately 150
miles. The MSP center controller reestablished communications with
the crew at 8:14 pm and reportedly stated that the crew had become
distracted and had overflown MSP, and requested to return to MSP.

According to the Federal Administration (FAA) the crew was
interviewed by the FBI and airport police. The crew stated they
were in a heated discussion over airline policy and they lost
situational awareness.
The Safety Board is scheduling an interview
with the crew.

The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) have
been secured and are being sent to the NTSB laboratory in
Washington, DC.

David Lawrence, the Investigator-in-Charge, is leading the team of 3
in investigating the incident.

Parties to the investigation are the FAA and Northwest Airlines.


  1. I hope that some of the worlds larger problems were solved in this discussion. What do you think, will there likely be some movement in the seniority list?

  2. [...] in the U S of A the flight crew of an NWA flight from San Diego to Minneapolis managed to fly over their destination by over 250 kilometres before they got back on course and landed an hour late. Air Traffic Control couldn’t contact [...]


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