Thu, Nov 02, 2006
Pilots Not Disciplined... Yet
Alaska Airlines says it doesn't know why the pilots of one of
its planes departed the wrong runway at Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport... but it's gonna find out.
The FAA is also looking for answers as to why flight 61 -- a 737
with 63 passengers onboard -- was cleared to depart runway
34-Center at SeaTac Monday morning... and then took off from
34-Right. The crew even read back the clearance correctly...
Tower personnel say they saw the error -- but since 34-Right was
clear of other planes and vehicles, and is over 2,500 feet longer
than 34-C, they didn't force the crew to abort.
Neither airline officials nor the feds have any idea what went
wrong... and they wouldn't say when the crew found out about their
error. But everyone says they're trying to find out how it
happened, so it won't happen again.
Airline spokeswoman Amanda Tobin says the carrier hasn't sought
action yet against the crew.
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