Pilot buys pizza for stranded passengers

Pilot buys pizza for stranded passengers

Credit: KUSA

Perhaps Gerhard Bradner, the captain of the Airbus A320 aircraft, decided it would be best to not have a "hangry" group of passengers, or maybe he was hungry himself.

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by Kelly Sommariva, KUSA

USA TODAY

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 8:13 AM

DENVER -- Flight delays are no fun, but they're definitely better when a pizza gets delivered.

Monday night's storms delayed dozens of flights and probably angered many travelers. But some passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight were treated to dinner from the pilot.

A plane bound for the Mile High City from Washington, D.C's Reagan National Airport Monday night was diverted after thunderstorms and lightning pummeled the Denver area.

Frontier flight 719 was headed to Denver at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time, when severe thunderstorms forced the plane to divert to southern Wyoming, according to flightaware.com.

Passengers and crew waited in Cheyenne, Wyo. until the storms passed, and they were able to take off for Denver, several hours later.

Perhaps Gerhard Bradner, the captain of the Airbus A320 aircraft, decided it would be best to not have a "hangry" group of passengers, or maybe he was hungry himself.

Either way, a passenger onboard the flight sent KUSA a photo of crew handing out pizza to people on the plane.

The newstipper says the pilot bought more than 50 pizzas on his own tab to feed them as they waited on the tarmac for departure. Frontier Airlines confirmed the kind gesture.

With full stomachs, the passengers and crew left Cheyenne about 10:30 p.m. and arrived in Denver a short while later at 10:45 p.m., according to flight tracking information on flightaware.com.

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