January 30, 2008

Another Incident On Air Canada Flight to Heathrow

Via The Telegraph:

Passengers on a Heathrow-bound flight have given dramatic accounts of the moment its co-pilot had to be forcibly removed from the cockpit after suffering a mental breakdown 30,000ft over the Atlantic.

The first officer began shouting, crying and "invoking God" whilst at the controls of the Air Canada Boeing 767, and was restrained by other crew members and a passenger who was an off-duty member of the Canadian armed forces.

He then had his wrists and ankles bound in front of stunned travellers and was handcuffed to a seat whilst flight AC848 from Toronto diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland for him to be taken off the plane and into a waiting ambulance.

The aircraft was less than an hour from London when the first officer began "acting in a peculiar manner and talking loudly to himself", according to one source.

According to this UKpress story this happened on January 28th.
An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Heathrow made an emergency landing in Ireland after the co-pilot became ill in the cockpit, an airline spokesman has said.

The flight diverted to Shannon early on Monday morning.

As you may recall, a youtube was uploaded about a December 6th 2007 incident of apparent panic on the same flight.
From the youtube description: I don't know what happened here. But this happened on my Air Canada plane ride to London, England in December 6th, 2007 from Toronto.

At 3:15 sec he says "f'in white people". I personally believe that another passenger somehow provoked or encouraged this persons paranoid behaviour.

So the question remains. What did provoke the first person to lose it? And now a similar episode on the same flight, same airline with a co-pilot?

It seems that Air Canada flights to Heathrow are either extremely unlucky or something is up?

By Howie at 03:48 PM | Comments |