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Northwest jet overshoots Minneapolis airport
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Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:32

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials say a Northwest Airlines jet overflew the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles before crew members discovered their mistake.

The plane landed safely Wednesday evening, and none of the 147 passengers and crew were injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Airbus A320 was flying from San Diego to Minneapolis and lost radio contact with controllers before 7 p.m.

The NTSB says the jet flew about 150 miles past the Minneapolis airport before communications were re-established at 8:14 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the crew told authorities they became distracted during a heated discussion over airline policy and lost track of where they were.

Airline officials didn't immediately return calls.


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