Co-Pilot Blames Captain for Missing Airport
Airmen fight to get back their licenses
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2009 1:44 AM CST
The Minneapolis skyline rises through the rain as an arriving Northwest Airlines jet taxis at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – The battle between the two Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot their airport by over an hour is getting ugly. Co-pilot Richard Cole is insisting captain Tim Cheney is primarily responsible for the blunder. Cole says he deserves less punishment because a co-pilot should be able to trust the captain. The pilots have filed separate legal appeals to have their pilot’s licenses reinstated.

Cheney isn’t blaming Cole, but argues, like Cole, that “extenuating circumstances,” such as lapses by the air traffic controllers and the flyers' honesty with investigators, warrant leniency in the case, the Wall Street Journal reports.