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FAA Revokes Licenses of NW Pilots Who Overflew Airport By 100 Miles

Posted Oct 27, 2009 4:55 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Federal investigators declined to seize and review the laptop computers that two Northwest Airlines pilots now say they were so engrossed by that they forgot they were supposed to land at an airport that they overflew by some 150 miles last week.

But they have acted, on an emergency basis, to ground the two pilots. The Federal Aviation Authority today announced that the licenses of captain Timothy Cheney of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Richard Cole of Salem, Ore., have been revoked, reports the Washington Post.

Northwest earlier suspended the two from duty.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Did Northwest Pilots Who Flew Past Airport Fall Asleep? FAA Investigates"

Wall Street Journal: "FAA Revokes Licenses of Northwest Pilots"

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