The FAA moved quickly to revoke Northwest pilots' licenses. But their mistake raises thorny issues. Do cockpits need better monitoring? Does communication between flight controllers and the US military need improvement?
Pilots of the Northwest flight that overshot Minneapolis by 150 miles say they were looking at their laptops. Skeptical experts say longer-lasting recorders would have helped understand what happened in the cockpit.
Northwest pilots who flew past Flight 188's destination by 150 miles aren't the first to overshoot. Despite other such incidents, new rules on pilot fatigue and cockpit oversight are not yet in place.
The FAA is working on new rules regarding fatigue and other aspects of pilot conduct in the cockpit.
In the wake of Saturday's midair collision, seven New York lawmakers on Monday pushed the Federal Aviation Administration to enforce stricter flight rules in the Hudson River corridor.
The collision of a small plane and a helicopter above the Hudson River Saturday took place in a zone where pilots essentially police themselves.
Buffalo crash, other incidents prompt aviation agency to expedite rule changes.
In the second phase of the search beginning next week, sonar and diving equipment will be used to scan the ocean floor.
In May, the FAA issued regulations requiring far more detailed inspections of Boeing fuselages like the one that developed a hole Monday.
Southwest Airlines has inspected all its 737-300 jets and found no problems. Fuselage damage of the sort that forced Flight 2294 to make an emergency landing Monday is very rare.