I don’t know what I think about the pilots who flew past the Minneapolis airport . Except it’s not easy to be a pilot, and these ones are in a lot of trouble and somehow I just don’t feel like piling on.
Last week a Delta flight landed on a taxiway at Atlanta, and it now appears that the pilots were not entirely at fault. CNN reports that “approach lights and a ground-based instrument that helps pilots line up with the runway were off.”
Whether there’s any reasonable excuse in the Minneapolis case, which the pilots reportedly blamed on a heated discussion in the cockpit, remains to be seen. If not, they’ll lose their jobs.
Maybe they should. But the fact is that pilots are human, and the little mistakes that you and I make when we miss an exit or take a wrong turn can end their careers — or their lives, and ours.