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Published October 28, 2009, 11:02 PM

FAA: Military Should Have Been Told Sooner About Plane Overshooting MSP

By: Joan Lowy and Ken Thomas, AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top aviation official says air traffic controllers didn't notify the military as quickly as they should have when they lost contact with the Northwest Airlines plane that ended up overshooting its destination by 150 miles last week.

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt said late Wednesday that the flight was on course and gave no indication of hostile intent while air traffic controllers repeatedly tried to raise the plane as it flew from San Diego to Minneapolis.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Wednesday that controllers waited about 40 minutes after losing contact with the plane before notifying the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Babbitt said a review was under way.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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