There are many reasons why I am not a pilot. I don’t like flying that much. I have poor sight and coordination. And also, I get mind-squeezingly bad migraines. And though that didn’t stop one Lufthansa pilot from taking off, it did prevent him from completing the flight. The Daily Mail reports that on a recent flight from Newark to Frankfurt, Germany, a pilot was stricken by an especially bad migraine, and his co-pilot was forced to ask if there was anybody on the plane who could help fly.
I wish I was kidding.
Thankfully there happened to be a pilot for North American Airlines on board, who was able to quickly take over the reigns. The passenger pilot helped the actual pilot divert the plane to Dublin, Ireland, so that the migraining man could receive medical attention.
According to Lufthansa, “In such circumstances it’s absolutely normal procedure for the pilot, the flight captain, to continue to operate the aircraft,” said an airline spokeswoman. “Also, where necessary, the cabin crew are fully trained and can be called upon to read checklists back to the pilot. The procedures are in place for such an eventuality. But the efforts of the off-duty pilot were certainly appreciated.”
I do feel bad for the migrained pilot. When I have a headache, I can’t even spell my name correctly, let alone fly a big hulking jet. (But let’s stop talking about them now before I feel one coming on) [Daily Mail]