Northwest pilots appeal to get licenses back

The two Northwest Airlines who dropped out of radio contact and overshot the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles appealed their license revocation Wednesday, according to the Star Tribune.

The Federal Aviation Administration revoked Capt. Timothy B. Cheney, 53, and First Officer Richard I. Cole's, 54, licenses on Oct. 27, saying they "carelessly and recklessly" put their passengers and crew in danger.

Cheney and Cole dropped out of radio contact for 91 minutes on the four hour flight from San Diego to Minneapolis.

The pilots were distracted by crew scheduling on their laptops and were not aware of their situation until they were over Wisconsin, according to the Pioneer Press.

Two bills were introduced in the Senate Thursday to ban nonessential electronics from the cockpit.

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