Incident at Vicinity of Wrigley, NWT


1997-09-25: China Airlines flight 012 was enroute from Anchorage to New York (JFK) when the crew advised Edmonton ACC of a medical emergency on board. The crew reported that a passenger had gone into a diabetic coma and they requested a consultation with a physician. As the a/c was west of Yellowknife, ACC contacted the hospital in Yellowknife to speak to a doctor and also determine if the hospital had VHF radio capability. The doctor on call did not know about the radio capability, but provided a series of questions for the crew to help determine the condition of the passenger. ACC acted as the intermediary between crew and doctor, and the information about the passenger was relayed back to the doctor. During this call, it was learned that the hospital did in fact have VHF radio, and the doctor could speak directly to the crew on 125.275. A direct link was established between the doctor and the crew, and the passenger was apparently stabilized enough for the a/c to continue to it's destination. Subsequently, the physician confirmed with ACC staff that the hospital will set up a protocol for in-flight emergencies on over-flying a/c, and ACC staff will do the same for ATC procedures.


CADORS Number 1997C0660
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 1997-09-24 - 20:00
Day or Night? Day-time
Fatalities 0
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Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Northwest Territories, Canada, North America, Prairie and Northern Region, Vicinity of Wrigley, NWT
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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 BOEING
Model 747
Year Built
Engine Type Turbo fan
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
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Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Medical emergency

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