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Old 11-20-2008, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- An Air Canada co-pilot having a mental breakdown had to be forcibly removed from the cockpit, restrained and sedated, and a flight attendant with flying experience helped the pilot safely make an emergency landing, an Irish investigation concluded Wednesday.

Report: Co-pilot had breakdown, flight attendant helped land jet - CNN.com
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:03 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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OMG, that's extremely comforting! Every passengers worst nightmare, something happens in the cockpit and nobody knows what's going on!

Pills, wine and I'll be fine!
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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How come his universal health care didn't catch his mental problem?
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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The way I see it, the senior pilot was still in command. The aircraft, while not simple, is easier to fly than previous airliners. And I believe that the flight attendant was certainly an asset in the cockpit. Perhaps even someone with an aircraft maintenance background would've been able to assist the pilot. (and assisting was all the flight attendant was doing. I guess I've been around aircraft too long...)
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I agree with Crew CHief. I applaud them for landing that aircraft safely.

I can almost guarantee you that the FA was only assisting but not flying. The captain was still in charge...and its not unusual to have only one flying at a time anyway...they take turns.

Bravo to the FA who helped out...he/she was probably nervous. And not to mention...the PAPERWORK LOL
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:19 AM
 
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Per the article, the FA did have her Commercial, albeit out of currency, apparently. That certainly helps, and, agreed, was most certainly performing PNF duties.
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