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Frontier Airlines pilot buys pizzas for stranded passengers

Gerhard Bradner ordered 50 pizzas from Domino's.
By Evan Bleier   |   July 9, 2014 at 7:48 AM  |  Updated July 9, 2014 at 7:52 AM   |   Comments

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CHEYENNE, Wyo., July 9 (UPI) -- The weather on Monday night may have been cloudy for a group of Frontier Airlines passengers, but there was a chance of pizza.

After Frontier flight 719 from Washington, D.C. to Denver was forced to divert to Cheyenne, Wyo., for several hours because of thunder and lightning in the Mile High City, the plane's pilot decided to have some pizzas delivered.

Fifty of them.

Captain Gerhard Bradner was hungry as he piloted his plane to the ground, so he decided to call Domino's. Bradner ordered and paid for pizzas for the entire plane.

"If the need arises you need to take care of your family; you need to take care of your passengers. They are my responsibility the moment they step on the aircraft until they get off the aircraft," Captain Brandner told KUSA.

When Bradner announced over the loudspeaker that the pies were on their way, the entire cabin burst into applause.

"The captain took his own initiative," passenger Logan Marie Torres told KDVR. "He said 'Ladies and gentleman, Frontier Airlines is known for being one of the cheapest airlines in the US, but your captain is not cheap. I just ordered pizza for the entire plane.'"

The pizzas arrived and everyone chowed down while they waited for the storms to leave the area. When the weather was clear, the plane left Cheyenne and arrived in Denver without incident.

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