Ryanair B738 at Palermo on Aug 23rd 2018, first officer incapacitated

Last Update: August 28, 2018 / 13:00:52 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 23, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Ryanair

Flight number
FR-3918

Destination
Palermo, Italy

Aircraft Registration
EI-DWR

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

Airport ICAO Code
LICJ

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DWR performing flight FR-3918 from London Stansted,EN (UK) to Palermo (Italy) with 186 people on board, was on final approach to Palermo's runway 07 descending through about 1000 feet MSL in turbulent weather conditions when the crew initiated a go around. The captain subsequently reported the first officer had become ill, the captain decided to divert to Trapani located about 35nm southwest of Palermo. The aircraft landed safely on Trapani's runway 31L about 35 minutes later. The first officer was taken to a local hospital.

Italian media report that the first officer hit his head, it is still unclear whether the first officer hit his head because of the turbulent approach.

The return flight FR-3919 needed to be postponed to the next morning, a replacement Boeing 737-800 registration EI-GJX reached Stansted with a delay of about 11 hours.

The occurrence aircraft remained in Trapani for 19.5 hours, then returned to service.

On Aug 27th 2018 the airline reported the first officer briefly fainted, the captain diverted the aircraft to Trapani. The first officer was examined at the hospital and released shortly afterwards without suffering ill effects.

On Aug 28th 2018 Ryanair's Chief Pilot added that the first officer did not suffer a physical trauma (did not hit his head) but felt unwell and was unable to continue duties. The captain declared Mayday in line with standard operating procedures and diverted to Trapani. The first officer recovered in full shortly after being delivered to hospital. The chief pilot said: "The pilot was removed from line operations pending AME examination in accordance with normal company procedure."

Metars:
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LICJ 232150Z 18003KT 9999 FEW030 SCT050 22/20 Q1012=
LICJ 232120Z 22004KT 200V260 9999 -RA BKN030 22/19 Q1012 RETSRA=
LICJ 232050Z 16005KT 9999 -RA SCT020 BKN030 21/19 Q1012=
LICJ 232020Z 15010KT 110V190 9000 TSRA SCT020CB BKN030 21/19 Q1012=
LICJ 231950Z 14007KT 110V190 7000 TSRA SCT020CB BKN030 21/20 Q1012=
LICJ 231920Z 20010KT 160V220 9999 -RA VCSH FEW018CB SCT030 22/20 Q1012 RETS=
LICJ 231850Z 20005KT 140V250 9999 -TSRA SCT018CB BKN030 23/20 Q1011 RESHRA=
LICJ 231820Z 11010KT 070V160 8000 SHRA VCTS SCT018CB BKN025 23/20 Q1011=
LICJ 231750Z 02003KT 9999 VCTS SCT020CB BKN030 25/20 Q1011=
LICJ 231720Z 04006KT 9999 VCTS FEW020CB BKN030 25/20 Q1011=
LICJ 231650Z 04009KT 9999 VCTS FEW020CB SCT030 25/20 Q1011=
LICJ 231620Z 04008KT 9999 VCTS FEW020CB SCT030 25/18 Q1011=
LICJ 231550Z 03009KT 9999 VCTS FEW020CB SCT030 25/21 Q1010=
COR LICJ 231520Z 06016KT 9999 FEW020CB SCT030 25/18 Q1011 RETS=
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
EI-DWR
Country of Registration
Ireland
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
THE BOEING COMPANY
Aircraft Model / Type
BOEING 737-8AS
ICAO Aircraft Type
B738
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 23, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Ryanair

Flight number
FR-3918

Destination
Palermo, Italy

Aircraft Registration
EI-DWR

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

Airport ICAO Code
LICJ

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