Woman Didn't Realize She was on Wayward Flight

POSTED: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 9:49am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:58pm

Like many of the 144 passengers aboard Northwest flight 188 last Wednesday, Robyn Blilie had no idea there was anything wrong until the next day. That's when a co-worker sent her a story about what happened.

"Wasn't this your flight?" the co-worker asked. "I clicked on it and started reading that we'd overshot the Twin Cities by 150 miles,'" Blilie says. At first, she was shocked. Now she's angry.

"I really want to know what happened," Blilie said Sunday. "I think I deserve to know what happened." The National Transportation Safety Board says investigators met with the pilot and co-pilot in Minneapolis Sunday, but more information will not be released until Monday at the earliest.

Federal investigators are trying to figure out why the Minneapolis-bound plane stopped communicating with air traffic controllers for more than an hour Wednesday night. The plane eventually made a U-turn over Eau Claire, Wis., and landed safely in the Twin Cities after the pilots performed a series of maneuvers to prove they had command of the plane.

Fighter jets were on the runway and ready to hit the air. White House officials had also been notified. Co-pilot Richard Cole, who lives in Oregon, discounted a couple of theories when he spoke to the media Friday: "Nobody was asleep in the cockpit and no arguments took place," Cole said. "But other than that, I cannot tell you anything that went on."

Delta Air Lines, which operates Northwest's flights, is in the process of contacting all of the passengers to offer $500 vouchers. Blilie says she's not concerned about the money. She just wants to know why her flight overshot the Twin Cities by 150 miles. "I'd rather just hear from them that they're doing something about this," she says.