Air Traffic Controller Causes Plane to Divert Because of a Joke

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This is no laughing matter, but an air traffic controller caused a Delta Boeing 777-200LR to divert a landing after the controller jokingly told the plane to go around and not land. 

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You can watch the full video clip here on the USA Today site

The incident involved Delta 630 from Detroit to Atlanta, after the controller told the plane not to land, then seconds later said “I’m kidding”

The FAA released a prepared statement, saying “The FAA is investigating air traffic communications with Delta 630, a Boeing 777 aircraft on approach to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.”

What are your thoughts on this?

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  1. Save the jokes for a more appropriate venue. Communication needs to be clear and concise. Miscommunication jeapordizes everyone’s safety.

  2. My understanding is that they didn’t divert. They just executed a go-around then came back around and landed.

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