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Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ryanair co-pilot 'fainted' on Stansted-Palermo flight

A Ryanair co-pilot reportedly fainted on a flight from London Stansted as it made it final approach to Palermo in Italy.

According to Italian media, the first officer hit his head during a turbulent approach but this has not been confirmed.

The Boeing 737-800 had 186 people on board when the incident happened.

The Aviation Herald said the captain decided to divert to Trapani, around 35nm southwest of Palermo, where the first officer was taken to a local hospital and released shortly afterwards.'¨'¨

The return flight was postponed until the following morning while a replacement aircraft was found.

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  • Airline reported to say that the FO fainted

    According to the avherald report, it was the airline that reported that the FO fainted, albeit briefly. There seems to have been Italian press speculation over if and why he (or she) hit his head. (Given the safety harnesses worn by flight crew, this seems to be an odd happening.) The flightradar24 track shows that the captain did a good job alone in what sound like tricky conditions:

    By Peter Lewis, Tuesday, August 28, 2018

  • Fainting pilot?

    If the co-pilot was apparently knocked out in turbulence, why use a headline that suggests he/she fainted? That's misleading and sensationalist.

    By mike carrivick, Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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