The crew was preparing for their Delta interviews.
Delta's Motto in the 80's seemed to be Delta we land at all the wrong airports.
I save a pilots ass once out on Shemya when he tried to land on the old deserted runway in some pretty gnarly weather. He was pissed i called go around until he figured out I just saved our ass. Sometime the stick yankers get tunnel vision and need all the help they can get when under stress.