Passenger lands plane at Dublin airport, after pilot becomes sick

By on Nov 21, 2012 in Europe, Lifestyle, Travel Comments

A so-called hero passenger helps land a plane successfully on Monday, November 19, 2012, after the assigned co-pilot got ill. The identify of the said passenger was not revealed, but is reportedly a German licensed Boeing 767 pilot with American Airlines and was able to land the plane safely at Dublin airport.

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According to the Daily Mail on Tuesday, a Lufthansa Boeing 747 plane, with 264 passengers on board, was flying from Newark to Frankfurt when its co-pilot suffered severe migraine. The German off-duty pilot asked a plane staff why the flight was diverted and offered his services to help land the plane.

As noted in the report, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) confirmed that the Lufthansa plane with Flight # LH403 landed safely in Dublin at 5.30 a.m. on Monday. The sick pilot was hospitalized and another crew took over his place. The flight was delayed for about 6 hours and reached Frankfurt at 4 p.m. (local time).

“In such circumstances it’s absolutely normal procedure for the pilot, the flight captain, to continue to operate the aircraft. Also, where necessary, the cabin crew is fully trained and can be called upon to read checklists back to the pilot.” A Lufthansa spokeswoman was quoted in the report.

“The procedures are in place for such an eventuality. But the effort of the off-duty pilot was certainly appreciated. Whenever you have any sort of medical issue on board, whether it’s a doctor or appropriately qualified person, that’s always appreciated.” She added.

Meanwhile, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of Ireland‘s Department of Transport have been informed about the incident and are currently conducting a thorough investigation on the matter.



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