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B763, en-route, Atlantic Ocean, 2008

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Summary
On 28 January 2008, the first officer on a B767, flying from Toronto to London, became incapacitated and the captain elected to divert to the nearest airport, Shannon, Ireland.
Event Details
When January 2008
Actual or Potential
Event Type
Human Factors
Day/Night Night
Flight Conditions Not Recorded
Flight Details
Aircraft BOEING 767-300ER
Operator Not Recorded
Type of Flight Public Transport (Passenger)
Origin Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport
Intended Destination London Heathrow Airport
Actual Destination Shannon Airport
Take off Commenced Yes
Flight Airborne Yes
Flight Completed Yes
Flight Phase Cruise
ENR
Location En-Route
Origin Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport
Destination London Heathrow Airport
Location
Approx. Oceanic Reporting Point MALOT
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HF
Tag(s) Flight Crew Incapacitation
EPR
Tag(s) PAN declaration
Outcome
Damage or injury No
Aircraft damage None"None" is not in the list (Minor, Major, Hull loss) of allowed values for the "Aircraft damage" property.
Injuries None"None" is not in the list (Few occupants, Many occupants, Most or all occupants) of allowed values for the "Injuries" property.
Fatalities None"None" is not in the list (Few occupants, Many occupants, Most or all occupants) of allowed values for the "Fatalities" property. ()
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s) Aircraft Operation
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s) None Made
Investigation Type
Type Independent

Crew Incapacitation

Description

On 28 January 2008, the first officer on a B767 Series, flying from Toronto to London, became incapacitated and the captain elected to divert to the nearest airport, Shannon, Ireland.

Synopsis

The following is an extract from the official AAIU (Ireland) report into the event:

"...When the First Officer reported for duty he was undoubtedly under considerable pressure, reporting after [his] positioning flight later than planned. The Commander however had the situation very much in hand with the flight planning and pre-flight duties taken care of. On his arrival on the flight deck, he made this known to his First Officer and set a good tone prior to commencing the flight. During the cruise the Commander became aware all was not well with his colleague. He suggested he take a break, not only for his immediate well-being, but considering the high workload in London airspace and expected Autoland approach. The situation continued to deteriorate and it soon became apparent that the First Officer was quite ill. For his own well-being and the safety of the aircraft, the most appropriate course of action was to stand him down from duty and seek medical attention which was available on board. The decision to divert to the nearest suitable Aerodrome was prudent."

The first officer was kept in hospital in Ireland for 11 days before returning to Canada on an aeromedical evacuation flight.

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