An air traffic controller at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may be in hot water after reportedly playing a prank on a Delta airline pilot, causing him to abort his landing just 1,000 feet off the ground, according tolocal CBS affiliate WGCL.
As the Boeing 777-200LR wide-body jet, inbound from Detroit, came in on final approach, the pilot suddenly heard a command from air traffic control to abort and go around for another landing attempt, according to WGCL. The controller almost immediately came back on the radio and said, ” I’m kidding, Delta 630. After you land, I’ve got no one behind you. Expect to exit right.”
But by that point, the Delta pilot had already powered his jet into a climb and headed towards a holding pattern to await further instruction.
“He (the air traffic controller) should be looked at very carefully, because what he did was completely wrong,” Jack Barker, a retired administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration told WGCL. ” It’s something I have never heard in all the years I’ve worked.”
Flight 630 eventually landed safely without further incident, albeit a bit late.
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