Pilots miss airport by 150 miles, nobody onboard notices
There's something wrong in the sky. It's not falling in, not that we know of at least, but the fear of falling out of it on board a plane is rising all the time. Barely a fortnight after passengers watched the pilots and cabin crew of an Air India flight knock seven bells of baloney out of one another, a Northwest Airlines plane missed its destination by 150 miles after the crew were distracted during "heated discussions". The media are speculating that the pilots fell asleep in the cockpit.
The flight was travelling between San Diego to Minneapolis when air traffic control lost contact with the plane for over an hour. 149 passengers were on board the flight, none of whom were aware of the issue until the plane landed and was boarded by security. The pilots, who have now been suspended from active duty, are reported to have seen their arse-kicking coming from six miles up. A statement from the National Transportation Safety Board said "the crew stated they were in a heated discussion over airline policy and lost situational awareness," although reports they may have fallen asleep were "speculative". Our new favourite phrase is now "situational awareness". "I'm sorry your honour - I was at home watching television, but lost situational awareness and shortly afterwards found myself wearing the intestines of a prostitues as a scarf."
In another travel-related news spurt, Spanish airline Iberia is planning to revamp its existing routes and introduce a new airline, connecting major European cities to Madrid for onwards longhaul travel. Iberia currently flies out of Dublin and Heathrow to Spain, Africa and South America.