Westjet B38M near Calgary on Dec 6th 2021, captain incapacitated
Last Update: December 14, 2021 / 21:03:42 GMT/Zulu time
The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Calgary for 21 hours before returning to service.
The airline reported one of the pilots suffered a medical emergency and was removed from the cockpit. The other pilot returned the aircraft to Calgary. That's why there are two pilots on board.
Passengers reported they became aware of something being amiss when flight attendants became worried and started to run up and down the aisle. One of the flight attendants brought medical equipment including a defibrillator to the cockpit, a call for medical staff on board was made. A short time later one of the pilots was helped out of the cockpit, a doctor and two nurses on board began to provide first aid. While the pilot appeared to be talkative, the doctor and nurses worked feverishly on the pilot.
On Dec 14th 2021 the Canadian TSB reported the captain became medically incapacitated. The first officer initiated a return to Calgary. A dead heading captain amongst the passengers took over the captain's duties. The flight landed in Calgary without further incident.
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