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DL3343 FRA-ORD Divert to Moncton for Pilot Heart Attack

Old 26th May 2020, 05:50
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DL3343 FRA-ORD Divert to Moncton for Pilot Heart Attack



The captain (I presume) stated to Moncton Centre that one of the pilots apparently had a heart attack enroute and was being treated onboard. In the checkin with the low sector it almost sounds like he says that he was flying unassisted while the other pilot attended to the ill crewmember. But, I'm not sure, the recording is noisy in that part. The stress level in the Delta transmissions is obviously high.

I've attached edited audio from LiveATC.net in a .zip file that will open on most computers but not on most phones or tablets. The recording for the tower frequency had an open squelch on one of the channels and was unusable.


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Incident: Delta B772 near Moncton on May 21st 2020, first officer incapacitated

By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, May 25th 2020 21:00Z, last updated Monday, May 25th 2020 21:00Z

A Delta Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration N702DN performing flight DL-3343 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA), was enroute at FL400 about 60nm northnortheast of Moncton,NB (Canada) when the first officer became incapacitated. The captain called the relief first officer to the flight deck and diverted the aircraft to Moncton for a safe landing about 15 minutes later. The first officer was taken to a hospital.

The Canadian TSB reported, the captain summoned the relief first officer to the flight deck and together they provided first aid to the first officer including the use of an automated external defibrillator to stabilize the first officer. After diversion to and landing in Moncton the first officer was transported for medical treatment. The condition of the first officer is currently unknown.


Incident: Delta B772 near Moncton on May 21st 2020, first officer incapacitated

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Whoever the sick guy is, all the best to him/her
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Descending from FL400 to an airport 55 nm away is a handful, even if they had to fly east of the airport to turn back to land on runway 29. Single pilot, human reaction to the stress of a friend/coworker in dire medical condition, while the other pilot tries to provide medical assistance. You'd be be busy enough with 2 guys without treating a medical emergency. Single pilot + the medical emergency? Kudo's to the crew!

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He got the Triple down from FL400 to the runway in about 15 minutes (1743Z to 1758Z).

That cargo fire sim training paid off.
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Good job by the crew.
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