NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


NTSB TO OPEN PUBLIC DOCKET ON NORTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT 188 OVERFLIGHT EVENT

December 15, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board will open the public docket Wednesday on its investigation into the overflight event involving Northwest Airlines flight 188 in October.

On October 21, 2009, Northwest Airlines flight 188 (N03274), an Airbus A-320, went NORDO (no radio communications) for 77 minutes while flying from San Diego to Minneapolis.  The flight overflew Minneapolis by more than 100 miles before re-establishing radio contact with air traffic controllers and landing at Minneapolis/St. Paul-Wold International Airport.  There were no injuries to the passengers and crew aboard.

The approximately 400 pages of the public docket will be available on the Safety Board's website at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 16.   Go to "Accident Dockets" on the home page.  Included in the docket will be factual reports from the Operations Group, Air Traffic Control Group, Survival Factors Group, Cockpit Voice Recorder Group and Flight Data Recorder Group.

This is a factual release only.  A determination of probable cause will be released at a later time.  No interviews will be conducted by NTSB personnel.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.