FAA investigating air-traffic controller's tower joke - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

FAA investigating air-traffic controller's tower joke

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a potentially dangerous prank an air-traffic controller played on a pilot.

Delta Flight 630, loaded with passengers from Japan, was about to land at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday afternoon when an unnamed controller told the pilot not to.

The controller immediately said he was just joking, but the pilot had already aborted his landing and could not resume the touchdown.

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

A spokeswoman for the FAA said the plane landed safely on the second approach and the agency is investigating the incident. The air traffic controller has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • NWS confirms tornado hit Clermont County

    NWS confirms tornado hit Clermont County

    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:38 PM EST2018-02-25 21:38:29 GMT
    A ripped-off roof landed on this tree and pickup truck in Brown County Sunday. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Reed)A ripped-off roof landed on this tree and pickup truck in Brown County Sunday. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Reed)

    Tornadoes may have roared through parts of Clermont and Brown counties overnight, the National Weather Service said Sunday morning.

    Full Story >

    Tornadoes may have roared through parts of Clermont and Brown counties overnight, the National Weather Service said Sunday morning.

    Full Story >
  • North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:15 PM EST2018-02-25 04:15:38 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:37 PM EST2018-02-25 21:37:29 GMT
    (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...(Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Full Story >
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Full Story >
  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 4:37 PM EST2018-02-25 21:37:19 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Full Story >

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly