Nfld. & Labrador

Pilots ran into trouble on way to Greenland

A pilot had to wrestle the controls of a small plane away from another pilot who was suffering from an oxygen deficit over the weekend, according to an air traffic incident report.

Captain interfering with flight operations, says CADORS report

Beech C99 airplane takes off from a U.S. airport. (Alan Radecki/Wikimedia Commons)

A pilot had to wrestle the controls of a small plane away from another pilot who was suffering from an oxygen deficit over the weekend, according to an air traffic incident report.

Transport Canada is looking into the incident that happened over the ocean east of Labrador Saturday.

A report by Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System said the small Beechcraft airplane was on its way to Greenland, when it called for help.

The Beech 99 is designed to fly short distances at low altitude, but its operator, Aerodynamics Limited, was moving the plane from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Europe.

The pilots had oxygen on board so that the unpressurized plane could fly at high altitude where the air is thin – but something went wrong.

One of the pilots became incapacitated – possibly suffering from a lack of oxygen – a condition that can severely impair a person’s judgment.

"It was reported that the captain was interfering with flight operations," said the CADORS report.

The plane’s co-pilot took control of the plane and descended to an altitude where they could both breathe more oxygen.

The plane made it safely to Greenland.

Transport Canada said there was an incident with the same operator less than two months ago.

"There was a similar event Feb. 25 with the same operator. Further investigation revealed that it was a different airframe, but the same captain in charge, according to the flight plan," said the CADORS report.

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