MIKE2000 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3505 times:
German press note from April, 6th/11:00 a.m.
Although the pilot of a KLM Fokker 70 suffered a heart attack, he was able to land the aircraft in Paris with 75 passengers on bord safely.
After landing of the Fokker the pilot had been taken to the hospital. A short time later, the pilot died.
(Source: German press and KLM)
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13084 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3200 times:
Many years ago (possibly in the '60s) the captain of a DC8 - KLM also - suffered a massive heart attack. This was on the final approach; thankfully, the first officer was able to land the aircraft safely.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3564 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3186 times:
AerLingus A330 wrote:
It also happened on an American Airlines DC-10 flight into Newark (EWR) from Los Angeles (LAX) a few years back although I don't know precisely when.
The plane was literally seconds away from touching down when the Captain just died! Fortuanately the F/O was able to grab the controls and safely land it.
1987. DC10 incident was at completion of west coast all-nighter. During final approach Captain simply didn't respond to First Officer callouts as plane slowly drifted off proper course/glideslope. When deviations became too large without corrective effort the FO looked over to see the Captain's head slumped forward with both hands still on the controls. FO took control (below 1000 feet AGL) and landed the plane while the FE pulled Captain's shoulder straps back so the Captain's body wouldn't push the control yoke forward. During landing rollout the FE called the Flight Attendants forward and they began CPR as the cockpit crew completed safe rollout and called for medical assistance. Captain did not survive.
I recall this well since I had viewed an AA training video that demonstrated this exact scenario although in B727 not DC10 (i.e. Captain quits flying on short final with no other indications).
Just a few years ago an AA MD80 diverted in west Texas when the FO experienced a major heart attack during climb. If memory serves, Captain went from 33,000 feet to stopped on the runway at Midland-Odessa airport in less than 10 minutes.
There have been a couple of other incidents at other airlines I vaguely recall in the past 13 years but I don't recall any details. One of the major reasons airline travel is so safe is the number of backup systems required to be operating before the aircraft is dispatched. That includes the number of pilots. ;-)
*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3091 times:
These are all valid reasons why all airlines should have defibulators and heart monitors and flight attendents to be trained to use them. So far American ,US Airways, Delta, Virgin, British Airways and Qantas has them. Almost all these incidents could have happier endings if all airlines had these devices. I think after the FO heart attack on the MD-80 thats when AA started to equip it's over 700 planes with them. Can anyone else tell me if other airlines have the defibs other than the ones I stated above?
KALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3067 times:
Unfortunately, not all incidents of this nature end with safe landings. In 1970 a BEA Trident en route LHR-BRU crashed during climbout. The pilot had a heart attack following labor issue argument with another BEA pilot prior to departure. My family lost a good friend who was a passenger on the flight.