Lufthansa A333 over Atlantic on Mar 12th 2018, first officer incapacitated

Last Update: September 19, 2018 / 15:05:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 12, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-409

Aircraft Registration
D-AIKG

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

A Lufthansa Airbus A330-300, registration D-AIKG performing flight LH-409 from Newark,NJ (USA) to Dusseldorf (Germany) with 183 people on board, was enroute at FL350 over the Atlantic Ocean about 630nm east of St. John's,NL (Canada) when the first officer became incapacitated prompting the captain to declare Mayday and divert to St. John's. Due to weather at St. John's the captain subsequently decided to divert to Halifax,NS (Canada) and set course to Halifax, then revised to Stephenville,NL (Canada). The weather at St. John's improved, the captain requested again to divert to St. John's, was re-cleared to St. John's and landed safely in St. John's about 2 hours after the decision to divert.

The Canadian TSB reported: "The flight landed single-pilot at CYYT without further incident."

Passengers reported the aircraft was enroute, meal service had just been completed and the lights were dimmed for the night, when an announcement was made asking for medical personnel on board. A doctor and a nurse responded and assisted the first officer while the aircraft was diverting to St. Johns, then Halifax and again St. John's.

On Sep 19th 2018 Germany's BFU released their March Bulletin reporting the first officer became incapacitated in flight due to illness. The captain declared emergency and diverted to St. John's. The BFU representing the state of operator has joined the investigation into the serious incident led by Canada's TSB.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 12, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-409

Aircraft Registration
D-AIKG

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

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