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VS045 Delayed For 3 Hours Today (1/11)  
User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1811 posts, RR: 9
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

So i got this message today from a mate of mine travelling LHR-JFK saying his flight was delayed and ' i'd never guess why'. Flight left at 15:22, over three hours behind its original departure time of 12:00. I just had to find out. Turns out the Captain had lost his tooth!! And the delay was in finding another captain. I just found it quite amusing. He must have been in some pain for another captain to have to take over.


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User currently offlineSlinky09 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2214 times:

That is amusing, but probably not the worst delay ever. After all, it's normal at JFK early evening, tooth or not!

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 2038 times:



Quoting Danfearn77 (Thread starter):
Turns out the Captain had lost his tooth!! And the delay was in finding another captain. I just found it quite amusing. He must have been in some pain for another captain to have to take over.

Depending upon how it happened, the pilot could have been not allowed to fly because of bleeding from the lost tooth. Or he could have needed immediate dental surgery to try and save the tooth.

At a minimum anti-pain and anti-infection meds would have made him/her not legal to fly.


User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1811 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1842 times:



Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 2):
At a minimum anti-pain and anti-infection meds would have made him/her not legal to fly.

Very good point! Didnt think of this.

How much could this have cost VS in lost slots etc?



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User currently offlineTraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

Don't forget that dental pain can get much worse at altitude due to a "squeeze." That is:The air pressure in the tooth or dental socket is at sea level at either JFK or LHR. But at altitude, the ambient air pressure is around 6000 feet ASL. Therefore, an air pocket in the tooth or tooth socket expands and can cause severe pain. Same goes for sinuses and inner ears. You don't want a Captain distracted by pain and unable to stay focused on flying the plane.

Traindoc


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