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Pilots who overshot airport reach deal with FAA


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two Northwest Airlines pilots who overshot the Minneapolis airport have agreed not to fight the revocations of their licenses but could fly again.

Under a settlement released by the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, Timothy Cheney and Richard Cole can apply for new licenses Aug. 29. That's more than 10 months after they flew an Airbus A320 with 144 passengers about 100 miles past their destination before discovering their mistake.

The pilots told investigators they became distracted as they were working on their laptop computers on a complicated crew scheduling program.

Air Line Pilots Association spokeswoman Linda Shotwell says the union and pilots decline to comment.

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