(SB-10-08) NTSB Says Northwest Pilots’ Distraction Led To Overflight Of Minneapolis

(SB-10-08) NTSB Says Northwest Pilots’ Distraction Led To Overflight Of Minneapolis

(SB-10-08) NTSB Says Northwest Pilots’ Distraction Led To Overflight Of Minneapolis, Notes ATC Shortcomings; Issues Recommendations On ATC Procedures

Washington, DC – The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that Northwest Airlines flight 188 overflew its destination airport of Minneapolis by more than 100 miles and failed to maintain radio communications because the pilots became distracted by a conversation unrelated to the operation of the aircraft. The NTSB’s accident brief, released today, also note air traffic control shortcomings during the event, and the Board issued two safety recommendations to address those shortcomings.