Last week, a Northwest Airlines commercial flight overview its destination by 150 miles. Fortunately, this was not a terrorist incident, the pilots were not asleep nor fighting. However, they were very distracted — they were using a laptop computer — and did not notice that it was time to land the plane.
According to The Seattle Times, the pilots Richard Cole of Salem, Oregon and Timothy Cheney of Gig Harbor, Washington will lose their pilot’s licenses because of the incident .
Recently in Washington DC, the National Transportation Safety Board held a summit on distracted driving which addressed the dangers of text-messaging and using other electronic devices while driving. The summit revealed data that said almost 6,000 people were killed and about 500,000 injured in motor vehicle accidents linked to driver distraction.
Data tells us that distracted driving kills. Hopefully, we will not have any more pilots so distracted that they don’t realize where they are or that people are talking to them over radios.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. If you believe your auto accident was caused by someone using a cell phone, you might want to read our article, “What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?”