Pilot buys pizza for delayed passengers

(CNN) — And the pilot of the year award goes to… the one who bought pizza for the entire plane.

Adam Ritchie, a Domino’s Pizza manager in Cheyenne, Wyoming, said he’d never received a call like the one he got Monday night.

“I need to feed my whole plane,” the caller told him.

“Lucky me, I hear 160 people. It ended up being like 38 pizzas,” Ritchie said.

The Frontier Airlines flight from Washington DC to Denver could not land because of storms, so they were diverted to Cheyenne to refuel.

The plane was stuck on the ground for nearly two hours.

The food on board was gone, so the pilot decided to order pizzas for everyone. Each row got its own pie.

“Next thing you know, Domino’s Pizza was rolling up to the plane,” passenger Logan Torres said. She sent CNN photos of flight attendants passing out boxes.

KDVR identified the pilot as Gerhard Bradner:

“I was getting hungry and we kind of a big family here at Frontier and I figured it’s time to take care of the passengers here and I called Domino’s and ordered some pizza. I’m known for that who ever is with me they’re not gonna go hungry so.”

Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Tyri Squyres said she wasn’t surprised at all by what the pilot did.

“This is not unusual for our pilots to go above and beyond to care for our customers,” she said. “We have some great pilots who work here.”

The flight finally arrived to Denver about five hours late, but who could be mad?

Flight path of Frontier Airlines flight 719 on July 7, 2014. (FlightAware.com)
Flight path of Frontier Airlines flight 719 on July 7, 2014. (FlightAware.com)
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