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.