Tuesday, May 30, 2017

AAIB asks airlines to advise its crew about their food intake before flight

New Delhi: Airlines should advise its crew on what should they eat in the 24 hours prior to operating a flight to ensure that they don't fall sick mid-air, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has recommended.

The AAIB's recommendation to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation came following investigations into a "serious incident" of incapacitation of a pilot of Jet Airways while flying from Bangkok to Delhi on May 7, 2015.

The plane with 121 passengers and six crew members on board had entered Kolkata airspace when the pilot felt uneasy. "After 1.5 hours of flight, the pilot-in-command (PIC) was served salad, soup and curd. (15 minutes after having this) he started feeling uneasy," the report said.

The pilot had re-entered the cockpit after feeling but 30 minutes later, he "was absolutely unresponsive and shivering." He was again taken out of the cockpit and administered medicines. Tests revealed that the pilot did not consume alcohol.
The flight was completed by the First Officer with the help of another pilot who travelling in the same flight.
29/05/17 Shemin Joy/Deccan Herald