MSP overshoot renews discussion about pilot fatigue

As federal investigators on Sunday interviewed the two pilots whose Northwest Airlines jet traveled past its destination airport by some 150 miles, experts said the older voice recorder aboard the Airbus A320 might prove useless because it stores only 30 minutes of audio. Meanwhile, the incident focused attention on newer technologies that can help pilots remain awake and alert by sounding an alarm when they fail to take a routine action. At the same time, some experts continue to push for controlled napping in the cockpit, which has been shown to reduce pilot fatigue.

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