Air Canada Pilots Association

Air Canada Pilots Association

January 30, 2008 13:22 ET

Pilot Association Commends Crew of Air Canada Flight 848

Crews trained to address in-flight medical issues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2008) - The Air Canada Pilots Association commends the crew of Flight 848 for its effective handling of the illness of a crew member and safely diverting the aircraft to Shannon, Ireland.

"Although the illness of flight crew is rare, pilots are fully trained for such an event," said Capt. Andy Wilson, president of the Air Canada Pilots Association. "The safe diversion was the result of the pilot following standard operating procedures in the professional manner that is expected of Air Canada pilots."

Air Canada Flight 848 was on its way from Toronto to London Heathrow when the First Officer on the flight fell ill.

"Our member was taken to hospital, where he is being treated," says Wilson. "ACPA has sent a fellow pilot to assist in whatever way is required."

ACPA is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the 3,300 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

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  • Air Canada Pilots Association
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    Carl Mavromichalis, Director of Communications
    +1 416-578-2272 / +1 905-678-9008 x222