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Wayward pilots were working on their laptops

WASHINGTON. - Two Northwest Airlines pilots have told federal investigators that they were going over scheduling using their laptop computers while their plane overflew their Minneapolis destination by 150 miles.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement Monday that the pilots said in interviews that they were not fatigued and didn't fall asleep, as many aviation safety experts have said was likely.

The board said the pilots told investigators the first officer was instructing the captain on monthly flight crew scheduling. The board said the use of laptop computers in the cockpit is prohibited.

The pilots were out of communication with air traffic controllers and their airline for over an hour.

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