Cathay Pacific B773 near Hong Kong on Jan 26th 2019, captain incapacitated
Last Update: April 24, 2019 / 16:40:04 GMT/Zulu time
On Apr 24th 2019 Hong Kong's AAIA released their preliminary report stating the captain (ATPL, 27,500 hours total, 4,000 hours on type in command) had suddenly lost visual acuity, relinquished control of the aircraft to the first officer, moved his seat full aft and secured the shoulder harness to ensure no interference with the flight controls. The first officer informed ATC, declared PAN PAN, requested a priority approach to Hong Kong and continued for a safe landing in Hong Kong.
The captain remained fully conscious and instructed the purser to contact medical advisory services for immediate medical assistance and instructed the first officer to inform the operator's dispatch about the pilot incapacitation and reversion to single pilot. Medical advice was offered and helped to improve the captain's condition. After landing the captain was assisted by paramedics.
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