Highflyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1236 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3344 times:
Just saw this-
Delta's flight 1 from JFK to LHR, a 767-400, diverted to St. Johns. You can see in the flight path it was quite a clear breakoff from its normal route- as in it seemed to be a immediate decision, no holding, just banked and went straight for it. Any news on what happened?
AC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 784 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3004 times:
Talking to the AC ground crew who worked the flight, a male in his 60's suffered a heart attack. I'm not sure if there were any doctors onboard, but they had to use the defibulator and had to do a tracheotomy on the man.
I was told that there was quite a bit of blood on the a/c and that the man was close to dead if not dead already when they took him off the plane.
There was an AF A343 that made an emergency landing here a couple of nights ago with a deceased pax onboard. The same ground crew who worked the DL flight last night also worked the AF flight. Tough week for them.
In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21488 posts, RR: 24 Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
Quoting DALMD88 (Reply 7): Quoting TK787 (Reply 5):
Add to the list DL72, few days back had to do a medical diversion to YHZ. Is this more than usual, or we just don't hear it
Medical diversions happen very often on the North Atlantic routes. They don't make the news very often. Now with internet flight tracking geeks like us tend to notice them more.
There are probably 2 or 3 medical diversions on North Atlantic routes that fly through Canadian airspace every day, based on reviewing the Transport Canada daily occurence reports. DL alone had 2 other medical diversions earlier this week, one from JFK to IST last Sunday (diverted to Halifax). and one from JFK to BUD yesterday (diverted to Gander). Incident summaries (including DL1 today):
DAL72, Boeing 767-300, enroute from New York (KJFK) to Istanbul (LTBA), reported a medical emergency. The aircraft diverted to Halifax (CYHZ) and landed at 23:13Z.
DAL98, Boeing 767-300, enroute from New York (KJFK) to Budapest (LHBP), declared a medical emergency and requested to divert to Gander (CYQX). The aircraft was cleared as requested and landed at 04:11Z without further incident.
At approximately 60 miles south of Stephenville, NL, DAL1, Boeing 767-400, enroute from New York (KJFK) to London (EGLL), declared a medical emergency with the Moncton Area Control Centre (ACC) and requested to divert to St. John's. The aircraft landed in St. John's at 14:08Z without further incident.
Another random example of a medical diversion on Monday:
AFR341, Air France Airbus A340-300, enroute from Montreal (CYUL) to Paris (LFPG), declared a medical emergency and requested to divert to St. John’s (CYYT) with an ambulance waiting. The aircraft was cleared direct to St. John’s via right turn at 33,000 ft. Upon VHF contact, the pilot advised they were conducting a fuel dump without an ATC clearance. Traffic ELY002 (El Al 747-400) was re-cleared to avoid the fuel dump area. The pilot was subsequently instructed to advise when a second fuel dump was to begin, pilot again did not comply and only advised when the fuel dump was completed. There was no known traffic in the area. The aircraft landed at 04:14Z. TSB Evaluating.
Panova98 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 280 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1881 times:
While I love to rant about airline service in these trying times, I have to tip my hat to all the onboard airline folks that have to deal with medical emergencies. From everything I've seen and experienced, they do a wonderful job. And to the passnegers who help out, well done!
As to whether there are more such emergencies these days, I think there must be some data on that but my guess is that there are. It's not just that we hear about it more, which clearly we do, it's that more older people, ones very likely to have medical conditions, are flying. They typically are not fit to drive, so they fly. It used to be they would never have thought of flying overseas; now, it's so common.
Not that younger people don't have issues too, and that people aren't more stressed out these days. I'm sure the airlines are well aware of what's going on and are even more prepared to deal with it.
On diverting for medical emergencies, those of you who been on such flights, you well know the descents are something one isn't often quite prepared for, unless you've been a military fighter pilot! Actually, it's not that bad, but unusual, and if you have any sinus or ear problems, well...!