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Airplane Overshoot Mystery Deepens

Maybe they had the fish? In an interview with the Associated Press, the first officer of the Northwest Airlines flight that overshot its destination by 150 miles said he and his co-pilot weren't asleep at the wheel. "We were not asleep; we were not having an argument; we were not having a fight," pilot Richard Cole told the AP. But he refused to offer further explanation for why his plane flew so dramatically off-course, or why the pilots didn't respond to air traffic controllers' frantic attempts to reach them as the aircraft soared past Minneapolis and into Wisconsin before finally turning around. "I would tell you more, but I've already told you way too much," said Cole. Both pilots have been suspended while the incident is investigated.

October 24, 2009 11:19 AM