AIRLINES: Fatal Error In the Cockpit

Fatal Error In the Cockpit

Just 14 seconds after Northwest Airlines Flight 255 took off from Detroit's Metro Airport last Aug. 16, it crashed into a highway embankment, killing 156 people. Last week the National Transportation Safety Board said "overwhelming evidence" points to pilot error as the cause of the accident. The agency said Captain John Maus and First Officer David Dodds skipped critical parts of their preflight routine and neglected to set the wing flaps to provide enough lift for takeoff. But the Air Line Pilots Association argued that the board gave insufficient weight to the fact that the alarm system on the McDonnell Douglas...

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