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Air Traffic Controller Joke Forces Plane to Abort Landing in Atlanta

By    |   Monday, 16 Jun 2014 05:41 PM

An air traffic controller's joke forced a plane to abort its landing at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday.

According to 11 Alive, a Boeing 777 from Detroit was about 1,000 feet from the ground when an air traffic controller told the pilot to circle the airport instead of landing. The controller then quickly added, “I’m kidding, Delta 630. After you land, I’ve got no one behind you. Expect to exit right.”

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But the pilot had already begun to pull up and abandon the landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration told 11 Alive they did not believe there was any danger for the plane or passengers caused by the situation.

“The FAA is investigating air traffic communications with Delta 630, a Boeing 777 aircraft on approach to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” the FAA said in a statement, according to 11 Alive.

"He (the air traffic controller) should be looked at very carefully, because what he did was completely wrong," Jack Barker, a retired FAA administrator, told CBS 46. "It's something I have never heard in all the years I've worked."

The idea that an air traffic controller would joke during a landing procedure caused some people to comment online.





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