A Norhwest Airlines plane carrying 144 passengers from San Diego to Minneapolis lost contact with air controllers for more than an hour and fly out of the goal line to 241 miles. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said both pilots Airbus A320 aircraft with flight number 188 is informed by the authorities after landing safely Wednesday night, that they had been confused. NTSB, Thursday, said it would examine the plane's flight data and voice recordings as well as interviewing the pilot. Among other issues, investigators will examine the exhausted crew to see if the two pilot fatigue.
Northwest Airlines is owned by Delta Air Lines pilot who said the two had been discharged during the NTSB investigation and an internal investigation by the Delta. NTSB investigation could take months to complete. The aircraft was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet when the plane lost radio contact between the hours of 20:00 and 21:15 eastern time. The aircraft was located 241 miles from the track when the crew returned to communicate and request permission to turn around.
"Airport police boarded the aircraft was in Minneapolis to make sure no piracy or other criminal activity," said a spokesman for the Airport Minneapolis-St Paul. The military on alert during the incident and alerted several fighter jets for a while, said American Air Defense Command North. Delta Boeing 767 aircraft with 182 passengers landed on the taxi line and not on the runway which is available at Hartsfield Airport, Atlanta. Taxi lines, which coexists with the runway, still active, but no vehicle when it happened.