Full disclosure: The hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider avoids air travel like chocolate chip bagels (see baggage theft story here) – unless, of course, the flight deposits the hardworking staff at CDG.
Regardless, the Honey, I Overshot Minneapolis saga’s latest development cries out for comment.
First, the New York Times report, headlined “Details Are Added On Pilots in Overflight:”
The captain of the Northwest Airlines plane that overshot its destination by 150 miles in October told investigators four days later that he was “blown away” by how long he and his first officer had been distracted from their duties, according to documentsreleased Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The crew was out of radio contact with air traffic controllers for 77 minutes.
Cut to the Wall Street Journal, which reported this, under the headline “Errant Pilot ‘Blown Away’ by Incident:”
Summaries of interviews with the pilots, air-traffic controllers, company officials and other documents related to the investigation are consistent with preliminary conclusions that the pilots were perusing their personal laptops and discussing new company pilot-scheduling practices.
The captain, who estimated the discussion about schedules may have lasted 20 minutes, told investigators: “You don’t know how sorry I am.”
So, is it just me, or do we have a 57-minute gap to fill?
Your answer goes here.