Just a note to readers and posters of this thread...
Please don't read more into the article published by the USAF
than the information that is actually presented. As a former member of the news media (thank goodness), it is obvious that many facts of the actual incident were not reported in this particular story. This article was written in a "human interest" format, not "hard news." As such, few facts are included regarding the actual incident. Just because the flight attendants requested medical assistance 1 1/2 hours into the flight does not mean the aircraft was anywhere near COS
at the time. The article did not mention how long the PIC flew the aircraft solo before diverting to COS
, though it is assumed that Lt. Colonel Neumann took control of the co-pilots station while on approach to COS
. Also, the captain's quote of "You'll do" is probably just a small part of a larger conversation, and we don't know how many people were involved in the overall dialog. Did the captain say that in jest after learning of the Colonel's experience, or out of frustration, or what? We don't know, because the article does not explain the context.
Another fact left out of the article: Did the Colonel return to his seat after assisting with moving the co-pilot to the galley, and if he did, what was the time frame from that incident before he assumed his role in the cockpit?
Again, I'm just trying to suggest that you should take most news reports with a grain of salt. Most news stories are designed to give the viewer/listener/reader an overall view of what happened, but due to space/time limitations it's usually impossible to go into details.