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US revokes licenses of wayward airline pilots

US revokes licenses of wayward airline pilots

U.S. government regulators have revoked the licenses of the two airline pilots who flew an Airbus passsenger jet past their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles (240 kilometers) last week.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday the Northwest Airlines pilots had violated numerous regulations, including failing to comply with air traffic control instructions and clearances and operating carelessly and recklessly.
The pilots _ first officer Richard Cole and captain Timothy Cheney _ told investigators they lost track of time and place while working on their laptop computers.
The pilots' union had cautioned against a rush to judgment. The pilots, who said they had no previous accidents or safety incidents, have 10 days to appeal the emergency revocation.


Updated : 2021-05-09 12:59 GMT+08:00