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UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot  
User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2504 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3647 times:

No word on the status of the pilot who suffered chest pains while in flight.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...l,1,607058.story?coll=chi-news-hed

FlightAware hasn't shown whether or not the flight made it back to ORD although UA's site shows it scheduled to land at 9:17pm. There are going to be a lot of stranded federal government employees and businessmen at O'Hare tonight but what can you do? Hope all is well.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3634 times:

A pilot with chest pains is not a good thing at all. You don't want anyone to have a possible heart attack on a plane, and a pilot is all that much worse. Hopefully the pilot will be ok, but I doubt he will be renewed on his medical certificate. He may not fly again depending on his age.


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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

I bet this is the return flight.

Harry



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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

from the article:

Quote:
Sharon Sears says the first officer took over control of the plane and that there was also a co-pilot in the cockpit. She said a nurse tended to the pilot while the plane landed

a first officer AND a co-pilot!

sounds like a case of "it's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the sky, than in the sky wishing you were on the ground."


User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2706 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
He may not fly again depending on his age.

I don't know how it would depend on age.

You might be surprised at what an airline pilot can keep flying with. I know one who has a pacemaker and is still able to get first class to be captain.


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3386 times:

I'm surprised they picked Dayton versus Cleveland or Columbus which, I would guess, have better hospitals. I suppose Dayton's lower traffic levels allowed the crew to get on the ground that much faster.


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 3):
and that there was also a co-pilot in the cockpit.

Could have easily been a commuting "co-pilot" riding in the cockpit jumpseat. If so, they still needed a new captain for DAY-ORD, since although two F/O's would certainly have the skills to get it DAY-ORD, there are those pesky regs that say you gotta have properly-qualified folks in the respective seats.

Quoting 777fan (Reply 5):
I suppose Dayton's lower traffic levels allowed the crew to get on the ground that much faster.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...9/history/20070507/1746Z/KDCA/KDAY

No matter where you go, once you say the "E" word, you'd be surprised how fast those traffic problems can get cleared up...  Wink

Hope the stricken gent is OK...


User currently offlineAvConsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 4):
You might be surprised at what an airline pilot can keep flying with. I know one who has a pacemaker and is still able to get first class to be captain

At the same, you'd be surprised how fast the FAA will pull a medical. If he did have a heart attack, there are cases where medicals have been pulled for 18 months at least. Once a medical has been pulled it's very difficult fora reinstatement. Time is not of the essence for the boys on Oklahoma City.


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