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Errant Flight's Transcripts Released

Transcripts have been released from the Northwest Airlines flight that temporarily terrified officials by going out of radio contact for more than an hour, overshooting its Minneapolis destination by more than 100 miles. In the transcripts, the pilots repeatedly explain that they “got distracted.” No actual reason is given for the distraction, though the pilots (both of whom have had their licenses revoked) said in interviews after the fact that they merely were caught up discussing airline business. The transcripts also indicate the fervent efforts on the ground to get in touch with the plane, a result of concerns over the possibility of terrorists on board.