Danfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1825 posts, RR: 8 Posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2391 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.
Eagles may soar high, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines!
RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7616 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2200 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.
Traindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 1928 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.