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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69367
Last updated: 19 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-212
Owner/operator:Northwest Airlines
Registration: N374NW
MSN: 1646
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 158
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Minneapolis, MN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:San Diego international Airport (SAN), CA
Destination airport:Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), MN
Investigating agency: NTSB
Federal officials are investigating whether pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188 fell asleep at the controls Wednesday, after their plane fell out of contact with air-traffic controllers for more than an hour and overshot its destination by 150 miles. But the pilots told law-enforcement officials who interviewed them upon landing in Minneapolis that they had been engaged in a "heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness," according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

During the 78-minute radio silence, controllers became so concerned about the fate of the 158 people aboard that they asked pilots of other aircraft in the vicinity to see if they could rouse the Northwest crew, according to industry and government officials. When that failed, the Federal Aviation Administration began to consider having military jets scrambled to intercept the twin-jet Airbus A320, these officials said.

Link to the raw video of Northwest pilot recanting previous statements:


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-10-42 issued 18 March 2010 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-10-43 issued 18 March 2010 by NTSB to FAA


Photo of N374NW courtesy

Miami - International (KMIA / MIA)
16 February 2020; (c) Gerard Helmer

Revision history:

22-Oct-2009 20:59 jorgetadeu7 Added
23-Oct-2009 11:51 Anon. Updated
23-Oct-2009 11:56 harro Updated
24-Oct-2009 11:10 ruthyruth Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Jun-2021 16:57 xrecovery9 Updated [Narrative]
28-Jun-2021 17:22 Anon. Updated [Source]

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