Wednesday 18 October 2017

Is there a pilot on board? Off-duty flier helps land jet

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

A HERO pilot stepped in to help fly a jumbo jet across the North Atlantic after the aircraft's first officer fell ill.

The man was a passenger on board a Lufthansa flight from Newark to Frankfurt when cabin crew asked if he could help fly the plane after the first officer fell ill over Newfoundland shortly into the flight.

The pilot, who worked for another airline, helped monitor the aircraft as if flew across the ocean on November 19 last.

Some 16 crew and 266 passengers all arrived safely in Dublin Airport at 5.38am.

The first officer was taken to hospital.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) said the first officer informed the commander he was feeling tired and requested a 10-minute rest.

After he awoke, he reported he was still feeling tired, dizzy and had difficulties concentrating.

The crew was informed by a doctor onboard that the first officer was unable to return to his duties and should be removed to hospital.

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