What most likely occurred is that they fell asleep at the "wheel" and endangered their lives and the lives of their passengers. The notion that they were distracted from their jobs playing on their laptops is beyond incredible.
When flying under IFR with air traffic control, pilots are in constant contact with ground traffic controllers and are required to respond when being handed off; these two morons didn't respond for over an hour. They were apparently SLEEPING and thus endangering the lives of their passengers and others who are flying the same airspace and thus rightly should lose the privilege of being an airline pilot.
I do not think they should lose their privilege of being private pilots however; just don't let these idiots fly passengers the rest of their lives.