Delta investigates after pilot rants to Atlanta air traffic controller

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ATLANTA - Atlanta-based Delta airlines is looking into a tense exchange between a pilot and an air traffic controller.

The exchange happened Friday when a controller told a pilot his plane was approaching the wrong runway.

“Hey you know what, we’ll taxi out there any way we want unless you tell us to, I don’t like your attitude,” the pilot said.

“I don’t have an attitude, I’m just saying it looks like you joined Lima instead of Mike and I’m just trying to correct you before you stay on Lima,” the air traffic controller responded.


Listen to the complete exchange



"Like oh my god, there's another plane out there, like 6 miles away. Your attitude is really something sir, we're out here on Mike. Good morning,” the pilot said.

“Good morning. There was no attitude. I was just trying to correct you. That's my job to correct you if you mess up, and make sure everybody's doing what I ask them to do for certain reasons,” the air traffic controller responded.

“All right, I make a mistake every two to three minutes but my attitude is not like yours. We're out on Mike and you didn't tell us how to get there, so next time you can try doing that,” the pilot said.

Another pilot on the same frequency can be heard telling the pilot to “settle down, captain happy”

Delta says customer safety was never in question.