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Published November 05, 2009, 10:09 AM

Northwest Pilots Appeal License Revocation

The Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles are appealing the revocation of their licenses to fly.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot

Minneapolis by 150 miles are appealing the revocation of their

licenses to fly.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz

(loh-PAT'-kee-witz) said Thursday the pilots have filed appeals

with the safety board. The Federal Aviation Administration revoked

the licenses of Captain Timothy Cheney of Gig Harbor, Washington,

and First Officer Richard Cole of Salem, Oregon, saying they put

the 144 passengers of Northwest Flight 188 in serious danger.

Cheney and Cole told investigators they lost track of time and

place while working on their laptops. They failed to communicate

with air traffic controllers for 91 minutes, raising national

security concerns.

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