WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar today admonished the pilots of Northwest Flight 188, which overshot the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport last week by about 150 miles.
A preliminary investigation showed that they were checking airline crew flight schedules on a laptop and became distracted.
“This may be the ultimate case of distracted driving, only this time it was distracted flying,” said Klobuchar, who is a member of the Commerce Committee Aviation Subcommittee.
“The pilots should have been focused on safely steering Flight 188 home, instead of checking crew schedules,” she said in a statement. “It is simply unacceptable.”
The plane flew passed the airport and into Wisconsin before turning around and landing safely at its intended destination.
At the time, the crew stated that “they were in a heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness.”