December 29, 2009 | Mark Paradies

More Info/Comments on Northwest Flight 188 Overflying Minneapolis

Here’s a Newsweek article:

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/declassified/archive/2009/10/26/flight-188-pilots-distracted-by-their-laptops.aspx

Here’s a comment in the Journal of System Safety:

Authorities Looking for Reasons in Northwest Flight Overshoot

An interesting comment in the second story says:

“Some are conjecturing that the design of the cockpit lends itself to distractions. The Airbus A320 has a side stick for aircraft control, rather than a center-mounted yoke. There is a pull-out tray directly in front of the pilots, upon which they appeared to have placed their laptops. This would effectively block their view of many of the cockpit’s instruments.”

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