TORONTO- In a remarkable display of expertise and composure, an off-duty Air Canada (AC) pilot came to the rescue when one of the pilots onboard an Air Canada jet airliner fell incapacitated during a domestic flight.
Authorities confirmed on Friday that the quick-thinking off-duty pilot’s intervention led to a safe landing.
Off-Duty Pilot Lands Air Canada Flight
According to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), the incident took place on June 7 during a 2,115 km (1,300 miles) journey from Toronto to St John’s in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
While en route, the first officer became incapacitated, prompting a critical situation in the cockpit.
Without hesitation, a deadheading captain—a pilot traveling commercially to a new assignment—stepped up and assumed the responsibilities of the incapacitated crew member.
With skill and precision, the off-duty pilot skillfully guided the aircraft to a smooth landing, ensuring the safety of everyone onboard.
The TSB highlighted that emergency medical services were readily available to meet the aircraft upon its arrival at the gate. Prompt medical assistance was provided to attend to the incapacitated crew member, guaranteeing their well-being.
Air Canada’s Response
Air Canada has yet to release an official statement regarding the incident, as they did not respond to requests for comment at the time of reporting.
The airline is likely to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter to understand the circumstances surrounding the co-pilot’s incapacitation.
While the TSB did not disclose the specific aircraft involved, Air Canada’s website indicates that the carrier typically operates the flight with an Airbus A220 twin-engine airliner. This modern aircraft has a seating capacity of approximately 140 passengers.
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