A flight attendant helped land an Air Canada Boeing 767-333 (C-FMXC) carrying 146 passengers after the co-pilot suffered an apparent breakdown over the Atlantic, says an official report into the incident.
A report released yesterday by Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit said the flight attendant, who had a commercial pilot’s licence, was able to provide “useful assistance” to the plane’s captain as he guided the Boeing 767 down onto a runway at Shannon Airport earlier this year.
The plane declared a medical emergency midway over the Atlantic and requested a landing at Ireland’s Shannon Airport after the co-pilot began acting erratically. The crew later removed him from the cockpit to the shock of passengers who were alerted by the commotion at the front of the plane. (…)
Full story at: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/540206
Read Official Investigation Report: Serious Incident: Boeing 767-333, C-FMXC, Oceanic Reporting Point MALOT, 28 January 2008: Report No 2008-027 (PDF)