Lufthansa Flight 403, originally scheduled to fly from Newark (New Jersey) to Frankfurt (Main), diverted when the first officer became ill. A passenger, who is a qualified airline pilot, assisted the Captain with landing procedures to Dublin.
‘A Lufthansa spokeswoman said the man who stepped in was fully licensed to operate and fly the 747. “In such circumstances it’s absolutely normal procedure for the pilot, the flight captain, to continue to operate the aircraft,” she said. “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.”‘
The flight landed safely at Dublin and there were no other injuries reported.
The first officer is expected to be ok.