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Passenger Helps Land Flight After Pilot Falls Ill

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 08, 2015

Passenger Helps Land Flight After Pilot Falls Ill

Photo courtesy of Air India

Flying can be a very scary ordeal for those uncomfortable in the sky, but imagine what the 200 passengers onboard a Jet Airways flight felt when the pilot was forced to have one of the passengers land the plane after he fell ill.

According to Sam Webb of The Mirror, Jet Airways flight 9W063 was en route from Bangkok, Thailand, to Delhi, India, when the plane’s pilot became sick and couldn’t take charge of the cockpit any longer.

The flight’s co-pilot, Samir Malhotra, took over the captain’s role and declared an emergency. Thankfully, another Jet Airways pilot was a passenger on the flight and was able to step in and help safely land the aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

A Jet Airways spokesperson told The Mirror, “The captain was being looked after by a doctor that was traveling as a passenger on board the flight. The first officer was assisted by another Jet Airways captain that was positioning as a passenger from Bangkok to Delhi. As part of our flight training program, the flight crew and cabin crew of Jet Airways are routinely trained to handle this as well as other possible exigencies that may develop during flight.”

Upon successfully landing at Indira Gandhi airport, all of the passengers and crew were removed, and the plane was towed off the tarmac. Aviation laws in India prohibit first officers from taxiing an aircraft.

Indian aviation authorities are investigating the incident, but the entire cockpit crew has been removed from flight duty until officials determine how the situation took place and what can be done to avoid a similar situation in the future.

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