There was a lot of turbulence on an Alaska Airlines plane flight earlier this week, but not in the way one might think.
Two pilots who got into an argument aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 1080 from Washington Dulles to San Francisco on Monday forced the plane to return to the terminal and face more delays, the airline confirmed to HuffPost via email.
Reports of the incident were posted by Twitter users who said they were passengers on the flight. The news was first reported by travel site One Mile at a Time..
Although it’s unclear why the captain and first officer of Flight 1080 got into what the airline described to HuffPost as a “professional disagreement,” their dispute delayed the flight by two and a half hours, according to flight tracking websites. Cyrium. and conscious flight.
The flight was scheduled to land in San Francisco at 7:05 p.m., but ended up landing at 9:34 p.m., according to his data.
Social media posts from passengers say the delay was initially due to bad weather, with passengers told they were expecting a storm. But the delay became longer, and apparently much more confusing, when the fighter pilots “went back to the gate and got off the plane due to not getting along,” said one Twitter user describing the incident.
It was “incredibly unprofessional,” the passenger continued, adding that “the flight attendants are trying their best and have no idea what’s going on.”
Another Twitter user who said he was a passenger on the flight called the incident “ridiculous.”
“The pilot just exited the plane fuming after returning to the gate from the runway,” they wrote.
A passenger filmed one of the pilots leaving and posted it online.
Another passenger recorded the end of a pilot’s apology to passengers. In the video, people can be heard expressing their frustration with the situation.
Alaska Airlines told HuffPost that the plane returned to the gate after the captain and first officer had a “professional disagreement.” The airline said “the pilots did the right thing” and were deemed “fit to fly” after an evaluation. Alaska said it changed crews so the plane could continue to San Francisco.
“We apologize to our guests for the inconvenience this has caused,” the airline said.