Thursday, October 22, 2009
A Northwest Airlines flight from San Diego, California, overshot the Minneapolis, Minnesota, airport by about 150 miles Wednesday evening, and federal investigators are looking into whether the pilots had become distracted, as they claimed, or perhaps fell asleep.
I remember a flight, this was back in the day when you could listen to air-ground communications on the in-flight headsets, when I suspected this happened. Ground control was calling our flight but there was no answer. This went on for only fifteen minutes and we didn't overshoot our destination.
There are air-ground pocket sized receivers that are available. Not sure if they're allowed on the plane. An pair of (awake) ears is better than the plane running out of fuel.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The state of Texas executed an innocent man. His name was Cameron Todd Willingham. He was convicted of the arson deaths of his three daughters. The problem is, the initial arson evidence was botched. A nationally recognized arson investigator, Craig Beyler, later wrote a scathing review showing that the charge of arson was bogus.
This would be disastrous for the current governor of Texas, Rick Perry, in his upcoming primary election against Kay Bailey Hutchinson. So what does he do? He covers up the review by firing four of the nine Texas Forensic Science Commission members who started the investigation.
Governor Rick Perry has no shame. But he does have terrific hair.