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AA Pilot Falls Ill Before LAS/DFW Flight  
User currently onlinePA727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 69 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 10585 times:
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Was scheduled to fly AA668 (AstroJet retro paint) on Sunday, March 4 from LAS to DFW. After boarding and being on the plane for approximately 45 minutes, the FA came on the PA to announce the captain had fallen ill and was seeking medical treatment. After a few more minutes, it was announced that there was a "medical emergency" and that the captain had been taken by EMS.

We were taken off the aircraft, and after a two hour delay, the flight departed for DFW with a replacement pilot. As I would have missed my connection, I elected to spend another night in Vegas as opposed to DFW, and I would like to compliment AA ground staff on how they took care of passengers and made the re-booking process as painless as possible, given the circumstances.

Most importantly, I was hoping someone might have an update on the pilot's condition. I hope it wasn't too serious and that he is well.

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User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10434 times:

Though I cannot answer your question with regard to the pilot, I would like to recognize your kindness and compassion.
Despite your itinerary being interrupted, you still were concerned about the well being of the pilot.
Thanks for your post. Hope you find some answers.
Cheers.


User currently offlinedirtyfrankd From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10090 times:

Quoting PA727 (Thread starter):
Was scheduled to fly AA668 (AstroJet retro paint) on Sunday, March 4 from LAS to DFW. After boarding and being on the plane for approximately 45 minutes, the FA came on the PA to announce the captain had fallen ill and was seeking medical treatment. After a few more minutes, it was announced that there was a "medical emergency" and that the captain had been taken by EMS.

We were taken off the aircraft, and after a two hour delay, the flight departed for DFW with a replacement pilot. As I would have missed my connection, I elected to spend another night in Vegas as opposed to DFW, and I would like to compliment AA ground staff on how they took care of passengers and made the re-booking process as painless as possible, given the circumstances.

Most importantly, I was hoping someone might have an update on the pilot's condition. I hope it wasn't too serious and that he is well.


I would like to reiterate what 28L28L said and just mention how refreshing your compassion is. I'm also curious to see if anyone has news on the pilot, and hope he is ok.


User currently offlinepilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9689 times:

Likewise. Having been the pilot that caused a delay (food poisoning) I didn't get the same. I deadheaded home on the delayed flight and spent 40 of 55 minutes in the lav. I had no business being up front responsible for safety.

At an airline the size of aa these things happen a couple times per day. I hope the pilot is ok.



DMI
User currently offlineSNCntry32 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6580 times:

It defintly happens and sometimes people jsut do not understand that crews get sick, need to eat and most of all sometimes just need a break... We are not bionic...


Long Live Memphis!
User currently offlinehamad From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1160 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5560 times:

Quoting SNCntry32 (Reply 4):
people jsut do not understand that crews get sick

  

Thank you!

I am a crew member, and I have fallen sick last week on a very long trip after four years of not calling sick! What people also don't know that a lot of crew can be healthy, however if one falls sick, it is really not pleasant!



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User currently offlineasteriskceo From United States of America, joined May 2004, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

Wouldn't it have been awesome if you had stayed the extra night and won the jackpot on a slot machine?

User currently onlinePA727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2061 times:
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Quoting asteriskceo (Reply 6):

Ah yes, that would have been nice, but it wasn't meant to be  

I also appreciate the kind comments, but it's sad that things like that aren't the norm. I'm glad for both the pilot and the passengers that it happened at the gate and not in the air, particularly if it was something serious and quick medical assistance was needed!


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