The FAA on Friday released transcripts and audio of the communication — or lack of it — between air traffic controllers and the pilots of Northwest flight 188, which overshot Minneapolis last month.
What do the tapes tell us that we didn’t already know? Nothing, except that the first question controllers had when they re-established contact wasn’t “what happened?” It was “how much fuel do you have?” Mercifully, the flight had another two hours of fuel.
The second question was “what happened?” The answer was no different than what we’ve heard so far — “cockpit distractions.”
The tapes also showed it was pilots of a Northwest Minneapolis-to-Hartford flight that made contact with the wayward pilots
You can find all the transcripts and audio here. You can find all my reporting on the subject here.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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