- Aug 12, 2004
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This sounds so much more reasonable than all the previous comments/jokes/speculation/ridicule...
Yes they were extremely distracted but I have been in a simular situation seeing LAS coming up and we are still at altititude of 330. I am flying with the chief pilot for our airline and we missed a frequency change. Frantically searching for a frequency we finally get on the right one and descend and land. It was a very long downwind. I guess we were talking when they handed us off or they forgot to hand us off. It was a non event. Hopefully these guys will get everything back because the FAA over reacted at ATL FAA.
By sleeping, end of story.While I usually don't trust 'my friend said' emails, the transcripts at least fit the initial description of what happened. NW188 did acknowledge the handoff, but never checked in on the new freq. Misdialing the freq would explain that.
Still, how do you get that engrossed in something to loose that much SA?
A 'friend' "explains all" for him:
Interesting, totally plausible story.