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.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10914 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4351 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.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2545 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4103 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.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3981 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.
AvConsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3852 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.