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UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 9:34 am

No word on the status of the pilot who suffered chest pains while in flight.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...l,1,607058.story?coll=chi-news-hed

FlightAware hasn't shown whether or not the flight made it back to ORD although UA's site shows it scheduled to land at 9:17pm. There are going to be a lot of stranded federal government employees and businessmen at O'Hare tonight but what can you do? Hope all is well.



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RE: UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 9:38 am

A pilot with chest pains is not a good thing at all. You don't want anyone to have a possible heart attack on a plane, and a pilot is all that much worse. Hopefully the pilot will be ok, but I doubt he will be renewed on his medical certificate. He may not fly again depending on his age.
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RE: UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 9:40 am

Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
 
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RE: UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 9:46 am

from the article:

Quote:
Sharon Sears says the first officer took over control of the plane and that there was also a co-pilot in the cockpit. She said a nurse tended to the pilot while the plane landed

a first officer AND a co-pilot!

sounds like a case of "it's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the sky, than in the sky wishing you were on the ground."
 
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RE: UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 9:57 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):
He may not fly again depending on his age.

I don't know how it would depend on age.

You might be surprised at what an airline pilot can keep flying with. I know one who has a pacemaker and is still able to get first class to be captain.
 
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RE: UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 10:54 am

I'm surprised they picked Dayton versus Cleveland or Columbus which, I would guess, have better hospitals. I suppose Dayton's lower traffic levels allowed the crew to get on the ground that much faster.


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RE: UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 12:09 pm

Quoting Nosedive (Reply 3):
and that there was also a co-pilot in the cockpit.

Could have easily been a commuting "co-pilot" riding in the cockpit jumpseat. If so, they still needed a new captain for DAY-ORD, since although two F/O's would certainly have the skills to get it DAY-ORD, there are those pesky regs that say you gotta have properly-qualified folks in the respective seats.

Quoting 777fan (Reply 5):
I suppose Dayton's lower traffic levels allowed the crew to get on the ground that much faster.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...9/history/20070507/1746Z/KDCA/KDAY

No matter where you go, once you say the "E" word, you'd be surprised how fast those traffic problems can get cleared up...  Wink

Hope the stricken gent is OK...
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RE: UA619 (DCA-ORD) Diverts To DAY For Sick Pilot

Tue May 08, 2007 2:34 pm

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 4):
You might be surprised at what an airline pilot can keep flying with. I know one who has a pacemaker and is still able to get first class to be captain

At the same, you'd be surprised how fast the FAA will pull a medical. If he did have a heart attack, there are cases where medicals have been pulled for 18 months at least. Once a medical has been pulled it's very difficult fora reinstatement. Time is not of the essence for the boys on Oklahoma City.

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