A NW pilot faces a 45-day suspension for trying to land in high winds and an apparent tornado, officials said. Michael Hughes "was careless and endangered the lives and property of others" when he tried to land the DC-9 in Sioux Falls., in June according to the FAA suspension order issued Tuesday. He can fly pending appeal. His union attorney was not available; the airline had no comment.
South Dakota had 67 tornadoes that day, tying a national record for the most in a state in a 24-hour period. Passengars likened the experience to pushing the jet sideways. Hughes finally landed in Omaha.