Monday 27 March 2017

Listen: BA pilot argues with air traffic controller at Dublin Airport - and other air crews are NOT happy

Multiple flights were delayed yesterday after a transatlantic jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Dublin Photo: PA
Multiple flights were delayed yesterday after a transatlantic jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Dublin Photo: PA
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An airwave discussion between a British Airways pilot and an air traffic controller at Dublin Airport hit media headlines today.

The pilot in question argued with the controller - and other air crews did not appear to be happy with his behaviour.

Multiple flights were delayed yesterday after a transatlantic jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Dublin.

The verbal exchange between the pair was overheard on an airport radio frequency and later posted on social media. 

A number of aircrafts were instructed to wait for their turn to taxi and take off - and the majority did so patiently.

However, the pilot of British Airways (BA) flight BAW-837 (BAW-81D) from Dublin to London Heathrow was not content with his direction.

Calling the air traffic controller to query the decision, he was advised that he had been called but he hadn’t responded.

"I was trying to call you sir, you weren’t listening out but they (Aer Lingus) were also cautioned reference you, they were supposed to give way," the air controller told him.

The pilot responded: "I wasn’t listening out because we were talking to the ground crew and they’re telling us the same thing, so you’re a bit late."

"I’m just too busy to continue any further conversation about this on frequency," the controller told the disgruntled pilot.

Other pilots waiting in the wings were quick to show their support for the tough job the controller was doing. 

"You’re doing a great job, thanks very much," one pilot said.

When the British Airways pilot was cleared to taxi, he acknowledged his instructions but said: "And to advise, we will be filing a safety report."

One pilot replied: "Oh my God" while another called the BA pilot a "tool".

The verbal exchange between the pair was overheard on an airport radio frequency and later posted on social media.

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