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Northwest Airlines Plane Mystery
A Northwest Airlines jet carrying 144 passengers and 5 crew overshot its destination at the airport in Minneapolis by 150 miles on October 21, 2009, before the pilots realized their mistake and turned the Airbus A320 plane around. Air traffic controllers on the ground couldn't reach them for more than an hour and feared the worst: a hijacking. The crew says they were in the middle of a heated discussion about workplace policy and got distracted, but investigators are looking into whether they may have fallen asleep. Both the captain and co-captain have been suspended pending the outcome of the probe.

Pilot Speaks Out

Pilot Richard Cole of the Northwest Airlines jet that missed its destination by 150 miles says there was no disagreement in the cockpit, neither he nor the captain was napping and the passengers were never in any danger.

"We were not asleep; we were not having an argument; we were not having a fight," Cole told the AP.

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Northwest Plane Mystery

In this file photo, a Northwest Airlines plane lands with downtown Minneapolis in the background at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

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Northwest Plane Mystery

Oct. 23: A Northwest Airlines jet kicks up water as it races down the runway for takeoff past a Delta jet at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Investigators are looking into why a Northwest flight bound for Minneapolis from San Diego overflew the airport by 150 miles.

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Northwest Plane Mystery

The flight path of the Northwest Airlines plane carrying 144 passengers and 5 crew that overshot the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles.

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Northwest Plane Mystery

The black boxes of Northwest Airlines Flight 188

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Northwest Plane Mystery

A timeline of what happened to Northwest Airlines Flight 188

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Northwest Plane Mystery

The gated entrance to the private community that is the home of Timothy B. Cheney, the captain of the Northwest Airlines flight that flew 150 miles past its Minneapolis destination.

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Northwest Airlines Plane Mystery

A Northwest Airlines jet carrying 144 passengers and 5 crew overshot its destination at the airport in Minneapolis by 150 miles on October 21, 2009, before the pilots realized their mistake and turned the Airbus A320 plane around. Air traffic controllers on the ground couldn't reach them for more than an hour and feared the worst: a hijacking. The crew says they were in the middle of a heated discussion about workplace policy and got distracted, but investigators are looking into whether they may have fallen asleep. Both the captain and co-captain have been suspended pending the outcome of the probe.

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