| ATLANTA, June 16
ATLANTA, June 16 The Federal Aviation
Administration is investigating an air traffic controller's
joking remark that caused a Delta jet to abort a landing at
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Flight 630 from Detroit was approaching a runway last
Wednesday when a controller told the pilot: "630, go around,"
instructing the plane to circle the airport and attempt another
landing, according to audio aired by Atlanta television station
The controller then quickly said: "I'm kidding Delta 630.
Delta 630, you're clear to land," according to the recording.
The pilot replied: "You sent us around. Delta 630 on the
The Boeing 777 landed safely on its second approach, the FAA
said in a statement. The agency would not release a copy of the
"An air traffic controller instructed the pilot to make a
missed approach, then quickly canceled that clearance and
re-cleared him to land," the FAA said on Monday.
A missed approach is a safety procedure that pilots or air
traffic controllers can initiate if they determine a landing
cannot be completed, according to the FAA, which did not
indicate such a precaution was needed for Flight 630.
The plane was about 1,000 feet (300 metres) off the ground
when it aborted the first landing, WXIA reported.
(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Peter Cooney)