So yesterday evening a Delta A320 was flying from San Diego to Minneapolis and lost communication with ATC and flew past the airport when this happened (via the NTSB):
At 7:58 pm central daylight time (CDT), the aircraft flew over the destination airport and continued northeast for approximately 150 miles. The MSP center controller reestablished communications with the crew at 8:14 pm and reportedly stated that the crew had become distracted and had overflown MSP, and requested to return to MSP.
That part is pretty scary, especially when we’re talking about a mainline aircraft. The part that’s kind of funny (sort of) is the pilots’ reasoning:
The crew stated they were in a heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness.
I’m sure this had nothing to do with the recent merger. 😉