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FAA investigating joke that delayed flight's landing


FAA Investigating Joke That Delayed Flight's Landing

The FAA is investigating an air traffic controller's so-called joke, which might have kept a plane from landing on time in Atlanta last week. WGCL reports that the air traffic controller ordered Delta flight 630 to land only to clarify his statement with "I'm kidding."

WXIA reports the FAA says the plane was only about 1,000 feet off the ground when an air traffic controller told the pilot not to land, forcing him to circle around the airport and try to land again.

After the pilot got that order, WAGA reports he had already aborted the landing before the air traffic controller said he was kidding. The Delta flight landed safely on the second try.

A former FAA worker said, "It's something I have never heard in all my years I worked. Air traffic controllers just normally do not kid around."

Now, WGCL says the air traffic controller has been suspended while the FAA continues its investigation into the incident. WXIA reports the FAA wouldn't talk about the incident on camera, but it says none of the passengers on the flight were in danger.

Still, a writer for AL.com argues: "If you were one of the passengers traveling from Detroit to Atlanta last Wednesday and happen to be in a big hurry, you probably didn't see anything funny about this joke."

The FAA hasn't said how or if it will discipline the air traffic controller once its investigation is finished.

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ihuber1 June 16 2014 at 4:24 PM

You're fired... I'm not kidding!

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tmspitrow June 16 2014 at 4:14 PM

the biggest joke sits in the white house.

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bigred8690 June 16 2014 at 3:30 PM

The article as written makes no sense. "the air traffic controller ordered Delta flight 630 to land only to clarify his statement with "I'm kidding."" That's not what happened. You have to go to an outside source to figure out what happened. The air traffic controller should be fired and hired by AOL to write articles.

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rocky26900 June 16 2014 at 4:14 PM

This guy should be fired immediately and also prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible. No investigation is even necessary.

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renner1234 June 16 2014 at 3:50 PM

Why not the countries top lead is a joke.

So why not the FAA.

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frisco9312 renner1234 June 16 2014 at 8:49 PM

reagan fired all the good ones so this is what you get

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dave renner1234 June 17 2014 at 9:25 AM

frisco get into this century will you Reagan fired a bunch of bums that held the country hostage idiot

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longtallsally.susan June 16 2014 at 3:18 PM

The FAA hasn't said how or if it will discipline the air traffic controller once its investigation is finished.
REALLY?????? HOW OR IF????
How about removal, or is the big ATC Union to big to deal with???
Unbelievable...........

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lletraw longtallsally.susan June 16 2014 at 4:32 PM

Don't blame the union. A much more powerful system is at work. The only controllers in danger of discipline are pale males.

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d1anaw longtallsally.susan June 16 2014 at 6:26 PM

We didn't have this kind of irresponsibility before the infusion of the union morons.

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partsautomall June 16 2014 at 3:31 PM

it's like yelling fire in a crowded theatre.not much good can come from it

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LL June 16 2014 at 5:03 PM

PEOPLE - How many times must you hear from those like me, as we WARN you about flying, before you finally either quit or realize that us white-knuckle flyers are so - for a very good reason ?

We live in a world of sheer madness, and whether it surfaces in the cockpit, the passenger area, or on the ground - all it takes is one fruitcake and you're POUNDED to the ground,.... but that excruciating 10 or so minutes of falling into the abyss is what makes this the worst of the worst propositions, as "things going wrong" during traveling goes, and I'll take my chances in a car, (over these so-called "safe" flights) any day !!!

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chuck June 16 2014 at 4:17 PM

jerk

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L. G. Estep chuck June 16 2014 at 9:21 PM

Sounds like the air traffic controllers have no supervision and are not held acountable.

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steves1709 L. G. Estep June 16 2014 at 11:26 PM

Sounds like, of the tens of thousands of control instructions issued each day, one was inappropriate. Crummy statement.

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LL June 16 2014 at 5:04 PM

I sure hope that all of us call for this joking fruitcake not only to be fired, but also fined !

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Greg LL June 16 2014 at 8:07 PM

Fined? Based on what and using what mechanism?

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gramargo Greg June 16 2014 at 11:59 PM

if anything had gone wrong during the landing abortion (which it really was, since the pilot was prepared to land) and go-around, there could have been a real disaster. He should at least have to pay the cost of making the pilot do the go-around......even that much time would use up quite a lot of fuel, to say nothing of the rearrangements for the various ground crews.

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