Northwest 188 pilots who blew past MSP airport finally lose their jobs
They've already lost their pilot's licenses. Now, Timothy Cheney and Richard Cole, the pilots at the controls of Northwest Airlines flight 188 as it blew past Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport last October, have lost their jobs.
The National Transportation Safety Board concluded in March that Cole and Cheney were distracted by a conversation unrelated to the operation of the aircraft when they realized somewhere over the middle of Wisconsin at 37,000 feet that their radio was off.
Once they stopped whatever it was they were doing and realized their goof, they first thought they were over Winnipeg. And the military said it was ready scramble fighter jets because it was worried the plane had been hijacked.