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Pilot Gave '2 Thumbs Up,' But All Was Not OK

MINNEAPOLIS -- The pilot of Northwest Flight 188 gave two thumbs-up to show everything was OK when the plane rolled up to its gate at the Minneapolis airport.

The response from police officers showed that things were not OK.

A police report on the incident released Friday says officers crowded onto the plane and told a flight attendant to tell everyone to sit down.

Then they turned to the pilot, Timothy B. Cheney, and first officer, Richard I. Cole, to find out just what had caused the airplane to soar 150 miles beyond its intended airport before the crew realized its mistake and landed the plane safely.

The report noted the men passed alcohol breath tests and were apologetic.

They told authorities they had been having a heated discussion about airline policy.


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