Jeff714 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 9 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1567 times:
This is my first post here. Seems like a nice place.
Today in the LA Times, there was an article about an American Airlines 777 enroute from LAX to London when the pilot suffered a heart attack near Los Vegas.
The pilot was incoherent but an intercom call resulted in both a MD and nurse coming forward and administering nitro, aspirin and oxygen resulting in an immediate improvement in his condition. The plane landed in Las Vegas without incidence and the pilot is doing OK.
How common is it for a member of the cockpit crew to be suddenly and totally incapitated? I seem to recall that last year or so that a Northwest DC-10 flight from Dallas to Chicago had a similar situation but sadly, that pilot passed away in flight.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1521 times:
Let me be the first to welcome you aboard. Yes, this is a pretty classy place, altho we're not perfect. To answer your question...no, it does not happen often at all. Altho when it does, it's always "front page" news.
That's why there will always be at least two peeple in the cockpit at all times. Personally, I would not fly on a commercial airline until the mandatory two-pilot flight crew is met. Hope you'll enjoy our company here. Regards.
"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
Astrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
About 5 or 6 years ago I was waiting at the airport for a friend coming with LTU from DUS to IBZ and the flight was pretty delayed because about half of the flight one pilot suffered something close to a heart attack and they turned into DUS to let him down and get a new pilot, and then they started again to IBZ.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5516 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
The NWA DC-10 pilot who suffered a heart attack in flight and died was flying LAX-MSP. It was his last flight, and he was dragged into the lavoratory. The co-pilot was givin an oxygen mask, to ensure that he nothing happens to him. They landed at MSP safely.
Jeff714 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1444 times:
Thanks for the quick replies. I thought it was a very rare occurence; I just didn't know how limited.
I don't even begin to profess to have half the knowlege that I'm reading in other posts so please forgive what might otherwise be a stupid question.
On long flights such as LAX to LHR, wouldn't there be a "relief crew" so that another captain would take over? If so, does this mean that the FO always stays in the right seat or do they "rotate" e.g., moving from the right seat to the left. If I'm mistaken, what is the relief proceedure.