Incident at 59N/50W


1997-05-13: The American Airlines MD-11, callsign AAL87 was on a flight from London to Chicago. The British Airways DC-10, callsign BaW9671 was on a flight from London, Gatwick to Dallas, Fort Worth. The MD-11 was in cruise flight at FL350 when a passenger started to experiance severe chest pains. The crew advised Gander ACC of the situation and requested a clearance for a descent and diverson to Gander. The Gander ACC was not able to to give the clearance due to traffic so the crew declared a medical emergency and carried out a contingency plan descent to FL280 where they were then cleared direct to Gander. A technical loss of separation occured with the DC-10 during the descent. The MD-11 landed in Gander at 12:37 NDT without further incident. The passenger was then transported to hospital by ambulance. TSB closed.


CADORS Number 1997A0220
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-05-11 - 13:00
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Gander Oceanic, Atlantic Region, 59N/50W
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
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Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Medical

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Operator Commercial
Make  Silhouette image of MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Model MD-11
Year Built
Engine Type
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number AAL87
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Medical emergency

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