FAA Revokes Northwest Pilots' Licenses

Distracted duo have 10 days to appeal
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2009 4:41 PM CDT
In this image released by FlightAware.com, the flight path of Northwest Flight 188 on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 is shown.   (AP Photo/FlightAware.com)
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(Newser) – The distracted pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188 are no longer pilots: the FAA today announced it has revoked the licenses of Timothy Cheney, 53, and Richard Cole, 54, for the incident last week in which the pair overshot their destination airport by 150 miles. The pilots, who attributed the gaffe to being on their laptops, have 10 days to appeal.