The pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188 told NTSB investigators Sunday that a “distraction in the cockpit” caused them to overfly their destination, Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, by 150 miles Oct. 21. Both pilots, interviewed separately by NTSB for five hours, said they were discussing a new flight crew scheduling system, and both were using laptop computers — a practice prohibited by company policy — to access the system as the first officer instructed the captain on the system. The ...


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