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Overshot the Runway (and Then Some)

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After their Airbus 320 overshot its
destination—the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport—by 150 miles in October 2009,
pilot Richard Cole and his first officer, Timothy Cheney, told investigators
they’d been concentrating so intently on their laptops (itself a violation of
company policy) that they forgot to land. At the time, some aviation experts
speculated that they were sleeping, since they were out of contact long enough
to attract the National Guard’s attention. (The pilots deny this.) They didn’t
realize their mistake until a flight attendant tipped them off. They agreed to
have licenses revoked without protest in March 2010.

World's Dumbest Pilots

Overshot the Runway (and Then Some)

After their Airbus 320 overshot its
destination—the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport—by 150 miles in October 2009,
pilot Richard Cole and his first officer, Timothy Cheney, told investigators
they’d been concentrating so intently on their laptops (itself a violation of
company policy) that they forgot to land. At the time, some aviation experts
speculated that they were sleeping, since they were out of contact long enough
to attract the National Guard’s attention. (The pilots deny this.) They didn’t
realize their mistake until a flight attendant tipped them off. They agreed to
have licenses revoked without protest in March 2010.

Image Source / Alamy

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