Pilot Association commends crew of Air Canada Flight 848

    Crews trained to address in-flight medical issues

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - 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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