Event Details

Title:Pilot incapacitation, ATR42-300, G-BXEG, 16 July 1996
Micro summary:The captain of this ATR42 experienced progressive incapacitation during a flight.
Event Time:1996-07-16 at 1645 UTC
File Name:1996-07-16-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G96/07/17
Diversion Airport:Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium
Site of event:Taxi, Antwerp
Departure:Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium
Destination:Gatwick Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):ATR 42-300
Flight Phase:Taxi
Operator(s):Cityflier Express
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Diverted to:Duerne Airport, Antwerp, Belgium
Executive Summary:The crew had operated the outbound sector from London Gatwick to Antwerp earlier in the day and commenced taxiing for the return sector after a turn-round of 45 minutes. The first officer reports that he became concerned while taxiing because the commander at one point brought the left wing of the aircraft close to a hangar. However, when this was queried the commander replied that everything was all right. Approaching a bend in the taxiway, the first officer was again concerned with the closeness of the aircraft to the grass verge and he brought this also to the commander's attention. The commander recollects the first officer pointing out the proximity of the verge and other obstacles but nonetheless he continued to turn the aircraft until he was advised by ATC that he had run over a lamp at the edge of the taxiway and that one of the tyres had deflated. After the passengers had disembarked, the first officer and flight attendant observed an apparent drowsiness and lack of coordination on the part of the commander and arranged for medical attention.

Subsequent medical diagnosis of the commander revealed a condition which was likely to have caused his distraction at the time of the incident.

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