April 13th, 2010
05:48 PM ET

Pilots who overflew destination, FAA settle

A hearing to be held Tuesday in the case of two Northwest pilots who overshot their destination last year was cancelled because the Federal Aviation Administration and the pilots reached a settlement last month.

The settlement, signed March 24, stipulates that the pilots would drop their license revocation appeal, but allows them to apply for new airman certificates in August.

On October 21, 2009, Capt. Timothy B. Cheney and First Officer Richard I. Cole flew their jet past their destination city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They told investigators they used personal laptop computers during the flight, in violation of company policy, and lost track of time.

They became aware of their plane's position only after a flight attendant asked about the landing time.

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