Cathay Pacific B773 near Hong Kong on Jan 26th 2019, captain incapacitated

Last Update: April 24, 2019 / 16:40:04 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 26, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CX-583

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
B-HNP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300, registration B-HNP performing flight CX-583 from Sapporo (Japan) to Hong Kong (China) with 348 passengers and 16 crew, was enroute at FL380 about one hour prior to estimated arrival when the first officer declared PAN PAN reporting the captain had become incapacitated. The aircraft continued to Hong Kong for a safe landing on runway 07L about one hour later, emergency services were on stand by. The captain was taken to a hospital by an ambulance awaiting the aircraft.

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.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jan 26, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CX-583

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
B-HNP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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