NTSB Identification: NYC88IA112.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36782.
Scheduled 14 CFR DELTA AIRLINES
Incident occurred Tuesday, March 22, 1988 in PROVIDENCE, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1990
Aircraft: BOEING 757, registration: N628DL
Injuries: 99 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.
THE BOEING 757 WAS CLIMBING THROUGH 20000 FT WITH THE FIRST OFFICER ON THE FLIGHT CONTROLS WHEN THE 55 YEAR OLD CAPTAIN BECAME INCAPACITATED. THE FIRST OFFICER DELCARED AN EMERGENCY AND MADE A NORMAL LANDING. WHEN CLEAR OF THE RUNWAY, THE AIRCRAFT WAS STOPPED AND THE CAPTAIN PLACED IN A WAITING AMBULANCE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN TOWED TO THE GATE AND THE PASSENGERS DEPLANED NORMALLY. IT WAS FOUND THE CAPTAIN HAD SUFFERED A FOCAL SEIZURE AND HAD A BRAIN TUMOR. THE CAPTAIN WAS DESCRIBED AS VERY HEAVY SMOKER WHO ALSO HAD LUNG CANCER. HE DIED 7 MONTHS AFTER THE INCAPACITATION.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:INCAPACITATION(ORGANIC PROBLEM)..PILOT IN COMMAND
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