Caught on Tape: Pilot Erupts with Anger
(ATLANTA) -- A Delta Air Lines pilot was caught on tape losing his cool when an air traffic controller told him his plane was approaching the wrong taxiway.
“Hey, you know what, we'll taxi out there anyway we want when you tell us to. I don't like your attitude,” the unidentified pilot said to the controller on Friday after being told he rolled the plane onto the wrong taxiway at Atlanta's Hartfield International Airport.
The Charlotte-bound plane was on taxiway L, which controllers call Lima, instead of taxiway M, which they call Mike.
“I don't have an attitude, sir, I'm just saying its looks like you joined Lima instead of Mike. And I'm just trying to correct you before you stay on Lima,” the controller responded.
“Okay 'cause my God there's another plane out there it's like six miles away,” said the pilot. “Your attitude is really something sir, we're out here on Mike. Good morning.”
“Good morning, there was no attitude I was just trying to correct you. It's my job to correct you if you mess up,” replied the controller.
“All right, I make a mistake every two to three minutes but my attitude is not like yours. Route on Mike. And you didn't tell us how to get there so next time you can try doing that,” the pilot concluded.
While the pilot in question was not joking around, another pilot listening in on the same frequency chimed in to help ease the tension.
“Settle down, ‘Captain Hoppy,’” said the second pilot.
Atlanta-based Delta Airlines told ABC News they are looking into the exchange and that "Delta's values call for courtesy and professionalism in everything we do."
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