Jettime AT72 near Billund on Jul 31st 2016, first officer incapacitated
Last Update: December 1, 2016 / 16:13:25 GMT/Zulu time
Denmark's HCL rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation.
On Dec 1st 2016 the HCL released their bulletin concluding the probable cause of the serious incident was:
An appendicitis led to incapacitation of the first officer.
The HCL reported that the flight crew was on their 5th leg of the day. Just prior to departure the first officer (26, CPL, 1800 hours total) had felt some abdominal pain which subsided after a toilet visit. Following departure with the first officer being pilot flying the first officer felt the pain re-occurring, steered the aircraft clear of some weather ahead then handed controls to the captain (46, ATPL, 9700 hours total). After handing the controls over the first officer felt very weak in cold sweat and was unable to continue any further duties. The captain loosened the shoulder harness of the first officer and secured the first officer's seat as far backward as possible in order to avoid the first officer interfering with flight controls and continued the flight to Billund, where medical assistance was ready for the first officer. The first officer was taken to a hospital where a bacterial infection of the appendix was diagnosed, the appendix was surgically removed and the first officer recovered in full.
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