Atlanta air traffic controller instructs pilot to abort landing - CBS46 News

Atlanta air traffic controller instructs pilot to abort landing, then says 'just kidding'

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after an air traffic controller directed a Delta flight to abort a landing in Atlanta at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the FAA, the controller told the pilot of a Boeing 777 to make a "missed approach," then quickly reversed course and told the pilot to land.

CBS46 obtained a copy of an air traffic control recording where the controller could be heard saying "I'm kidding" after telling the pilot to abort the landing.

However, the pilot had already started the missed approach and was unable to land on the first attempt.

The pilot flew back into a landing pattern and eventually landed the aircraft safely on its second approach.

According to the FAA, a "missed approach" is a safety procedure that pilots or air traffic controllers can use if they decide they cannot land a plane.

The Boeing 777 was Delta flight 630, which was arriving from Detroit.

The controller who handled the flight is restricted from handling air traffic until a review is complete, according to the FAA.

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