When air traffic controllers were finally able to establish contact with a Northwest Airlines flight that overshot Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport in October, the pilots explained their vanishing act by saying, "We got distracted."
"We, ah, we got, ah distracted and we're over head Eau Claire and would like to make a one-eighty and do arrival from Eau Claire," a pilot says.
"I just have to verify that the cockpit is secure," an air traffic controller asks.
"It is secure, we got distracted," one of the pilots replies.
"Do you have time to give a brief explanation on what happened?" another air traffic controller asks.
"Cockpit distractions, that's all I can say," comes the reply.
"Is there any way you can elaborate on the distraction?"
(Ah, we're dealing with company issues here) and that's all, ah, that all I can tell you right now at this time," one of the pilots says, according to the transcript.