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Working on their laptops, wayward pilots say.

Working on their laptops, wayward pilots say.

Delta Airlines Pilots Richard Cole and Timothy Cheney allowed their A320 Airbus and 144 passengers to fly 150 miles past their scheduled landing strip. The pilots claim they where trying to learn the airlines new scheduling program on the computer and not paying attention to repeated attempts by Air Traffic Controllers to reach the pilots for over an hour. The incident apparently went so far as to have National Guard planes readied for defense form a terrorist attack and the White House put on alert.

Delta Airlines has suspended the two pilots and the Federal Aviation Administration has warned both Cole and Cheney that their pilots’ licenses could be suspended or revoked. I commend Delta for their actions concerning the pilots and will question the FAA in the future if they do not revoke these pilots’ licenses. The pilots’ are paid very well to protect the public and fly them where they need to go. Both pilots’ have seriously flawed ethics if they believe that this action is justifiable and that they should be allowed to continue flying.

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  1. kim
    October 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I think that they should be suspended for that incident. This is a disgrace that two pilots were not looking after their passengers well because these passengers are putting there whole faith into the pilots. They should have learnt how to use the new equipment before they set of on a flight. Also to ignore the Traffic Air Force is strange because that shows that they could have been planning a terrorist attack because the Air traffic Control people will be wondering why they are not responding and worrying about what is going on in the plane because they will not be able to see exactly what is going on.
    I hate anything that goes on in planes because i am a frequent flyer so it scares me to think that something like that can go wrong because one day i feel that i will be on a plane which will be scary.

  2. jthomason16
    December 1, 2009 at 1:29 am

    This whole situation is in my opinion absolutely STUPID. These men have one job and that is to transport passengers safely from point A to point B. I believe that if they were unsure how to read the new scheduling program then that is something that should have been addressed on the ground rather than thousands of feet in the air. It is completly unproffessional and i think that there is alot that does not match up with the pilots explanations of why they werent responding to air traffic controllers.

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