Radio outage or nap time??

If you’re flying along and your plane heads several miles past the airport, plus the pilots don’t bother to communicate with the FAA for about 20 minutes, would you classify that as a radio problem or nap time for the pilots? A couple pilots for Hawaiian carrier go! are being investigated because they failed to land where and when they were supposed to on a short, inter-island hop last week.

It’d be strange for both to nod off at the same time, but airlines are full of similarly strange stories, so who knows.

Update (2.21.08 6:34p): It has also been suggested by some that the flight is sufficiently short that for them to be out of touch that long they would’ve had to be asleep basically from takeoff to landing, and that perhaps there was something more “fun” going on in the cockpit. No word on the genders of the flight crew, though that won’t really affect whether something “else” happened or not, assuming willing participants.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.