The pilot who forgot to land and two cool new online travel tools

flightcasterI’ve heard some daft excuses for delays, but the pilot forgetting to land the plane?

Apparently, it happened last Wednesday when a Northwest flight from San Diego to Minneapolis-St Paul overflew its destination by 150 miles until the pilots either were told by air traffic control or realised their error and turned back. The flight was delayed by an hour and a quarter!

I found out about the unprecedented error from a cool new and relatively new flight delay prediction website, www.flightcaster.com. The site uses algorithms that takes into account past performance, current weather on departure and arrival and what other aircraft are in the sky to predict whether a flight will be delayed and by how long. The claim to be able to predict delays six hours ahead of an airline announcement.

skystatusAnother nice social networking tool I also recently discovered is Lufthansa’s My Sky Status that sends sends altitude, location, departure and arrival updates automatically to your Facebook and Twitter pages. Add the airline, flight number, date and destination and the site links to your chosen social network to provide the updates.