Delta investigates pilot's actions during altercation between passengers, pilot returns to duty


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Delta Air Lines said it has returned a pilot to duty after investigating his actions during an altercation between passengers on a jetway after a flight.

The video was posted on entertainment website showing a pilot trying to break up a fight between two passengers on a jetway, grabbing one by the arm and appearing to slap his hand down on the person's arm. According to Delta, he was trying to break the grip of one of the passengers on the other passenger.

Atlanta-based Delta said after learning of the incident at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport last week, it "immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation. Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident."

"The pilot has since been returned to work as an investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation," according to Delta's statement.