ATLANTA, June 16 (UPI) -- An air traffic controller is under fire for what he or she must have thought was a harmless, mid-air joke.
The Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday that it's investigating an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, when an air traffic controller reportedly told a pilot to delay his landing.
According to WXIA, the unidentified controller told the pilot of Delta Flight 630 to circle the airport, only to tell him shortly afterward: "I'm kidding, Delta 630. After you land, I've got no one behind you. Expect to exit right."
The pilot had already aborted the initial landing, but was able to land safely on a second approach.
The FAA is still investigating the incident, so it's unclear if or how the controller would be punished.