Thursday, June 15, 2017

Self-medication incapacitated pilot during flight!

New Delhi: Did self-medication lead to incapacitation of a pilot-in-command at the time of landing?
Probably, the side effect of a medicine -- taken without any prescription or after consultation with doctor -- incapacitated the pilot, according to an investigation report into an incident involving a SpiceJet flight three years ago.
The incident pertains to a SpiceJet flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad that was carrying 150 people, including six crew members.
At the time of landing in Hyderabad, a medical emergency was declared due to incapacitation of the pilot-in-command. The flight landed safely and there was no injury to the people on board or damage to the aircraft.
After a detailed probe, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has concluded that self medication by the pilot concerned was the reason for his incapacitation. On the day of the flight, the report said the pilot-in- command woke up with a neck pain and did the pre-flight medical check, but did not inform the doctor regarding the neck pain.
During the flight, the pilot experienced pain in the neck and consumed a pain killer medicine in flight to subside the pain, the report said.
While the flight was on descent, the pilot "experienced partial loss of hearing and a blurred vision and decided to take an anti-allergic tablet to counter the presumed reaction of the pain killer medicine", it added.
15/06/17 PTI/Times of India
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