A few minutes before a Delta Air Lines jet skidded off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport this morning, air traffic controllers told the pilot the “braking action” on the runway was “pretty good.”

That’s revealed in the conversations between the tower and the pilot of Delta Flight 1086, posted on LiveATC.net.

Shortly after receiving clearance to land, the pilot asked for a final check of winds. But that was the end of the conversation.

It wasn’t until the tower had cleared a second plane to land that the controller looked for the Flight 1086, then had to wave off the second plane.

  1. Listen LaGuardia tower controller and pilot of Delta Flight 1086

    March 5, 2015

Had the jet not hit the berm at the end of the runway, it would’ve ended up in Long Island Sound; 125 passengers were safely evacuated.

James Fallows at The Atlantic appropriately notes the professionalism of air traffic controllers:

When this LaGuardia controller first hears that the active runway is closed, and then that the entire airport has been closed, his voice rises in pitch. But at that moment he had no way of knowing whether there was a minor mishap or whether hundreds of people had just died on impact. He goes on to juggle a complete re-ordering of plans very quickly and in relative calm. Compared with the way most people in most roles handle the unexpected, air-traffic controllers are amazingly steady—as are the flight crews too. Since most things about modern airline travel are unpleasant for most of the traveling public in most circumstances, it’s worth being reminded of how these professionals do their work.

(Tweet photo via Steven Blaze)

Driving home last night, I was greeted by another reminder that the new St. Paul Saints ballpark — I’m not identifying it by some corporate name — might be one of the few publicly financed sports projects that actually makes a difference in a city.

It wasn’t a big deal, perhaps — no different, I suppose, than the first time I noticed the yellow foul pole as I drove on Interstate 94.

But it was exciting nonetheless.


All that’s missing now is green grass and a pig delivering balls to the umpire.

If you’re scoring at home, that’s an E-1 on Mayor Coleman’s confusion over what team Cottage Grove native Kerry Ligtenberg played for in the major leagues.

Well, this is embarrassing, eh, Girl Scouts?

A second-year Girl Scout in Rochester, N.Y., has forced the national organization to respond to her complaints that workers in a Louisville plant where Girl Scout cookies are made are treated “terribly.”

Lily DeRosia saw this story from the Louisville Courier Journal about the conditions at the plant. It said the workers were required to work overtime to meet the cookie demand — including Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So Lily and 11 other scouts and their troop leader signed a letter that says the scouts had heard about the complaints of the workers at the former Mother’s Cookies plant on Ralph Avenue and “we want to sell cookies made by a company that cares about there [sic] workers,” the Courier Journal says.

The Girl Scouts had refused to comment about the factory when first given the chance to do so by the newspaper. But the girl’s letter made the organization come out of hiding on the issue. It didn’t make much of a difference, however.

Girl Scouts of the USA, which declined to comment before the first article, released a brief statement last week when contacted about Lily’s letter, saying it was unaware of the letter but that the organization “expects all of its vendors to comply with applicable laws and regulations.”

“Both bakers (in Louisville and Richmond, Va.) are union shops and certify that they will comply with laws and standards governing wages, hours and overtime. GSUSA has not been notified of an investigation by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, nor have any employees filed a grievance on this issue,” spokeswoman Kelly Parisi said.

A worker at the plant, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation said she saw a copy of the girl’s letter and hopes it does some good, but “we’re still working seven days (a week).”

Former Kellogg worker Kerise Ison, 59, who quit after 16 years last June, said her blood pressure soared after months of overwork. Her doctor urged her to find another job — and she finally did.

Ison was touched to learn that a Girl Scout felt moved to speak out to Kellogg executives. “That baby’s got more sense than they do,” she said.