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Scare in the skies: When three pilots die of cardiac arrest in three days

Death of three pilots in just three days has never happened. The aviation sector is shocked mainly because of the frequency of the toll. So also the air travellers. But any passenger worry is misplaced because there is a provision of co-pilot to deal with any pilot incapacitation. No commercial aircraft will take off without a well-trained co-pilot.

CAUTION: Continuous jet lag, fatigue and stress make flying a high-pressure profession and therefore airlines have elaborate protocols to constantly check the status of the pilots. But are they adhered to in the cut-throat competition to make more revenue while putting the aircraft to maximum utility.

That apart, a nurse on board LATAM, Isadora said resources were lacking for effective resuscitation. She said onboard provision by airlines to meet medical emergencies could potentially save lives.

NEW DELHI, Aug 19: An Indigo pilot collapsed at the boarding gate in Nagpur and died on Thursday and an Indian pilot onboard a Qatar Airways suffered cardiac arrest and died on Wednesday while a LATAM airlines commander died in the bathroom mid-air on Tuesday.

Captain Manoj Subramanyam (40) fell unconscious and died in the security hold area of the Nagpur airport around 12 noon on Thursday. “Prima facie, he died of cardiac arrest following sudden unexpected loss of heart function”, said KIMS- Kingsway Hospital where he was taken. The emergency team administered him CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) but he did not respond. He was declared brought dead at the hospital. The IndiGo pilot was going to operate the airline’s Nagpur-Pune flight.

“We are saddened at the passing of one of our pilots in Nagpur earlier today. He felt unwell at Nagpur airport and was rushed to the hospital where he unfortunately passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” IndiGo said in a statement.

Subramanyam had operated two sectors, from Trivandrum To Nagpur via Pune the previous day and had 27 hours of rest. He was reporting for his first departure of Thursday scheduled for 1 pm, when he fainted. He was scheduled to fly four sectors during the day.

Subramanyam's death is the second of an Indian pilot in just two days, and the third such casualty in three days.

Qatar Airways and LATAM

On Wednesday, a senior pilot with Qatar Airways fell ill on board, suffered cardiac arrest and died while flying from Delhi to Doha. He was on board as an extra crew member at the time of the incident. The flight made an unscheduled stop at Dubai. He had earlier worked with SpiceJet, Alliance Air and Sahara. His name was not revealed.

The Chilean LATAM (Latin American) airlines pilot suddenly collapsed in the bathroom at 11 pm and was declared dead upon landing on Monday (local time). After 56-year-old Ivan Andaur's incapacitation, his two co-pilots made an emergency landing at Panama. The Miami (Florida) to Santiago (Chile) commercial flight LA505 had 271 passengers on board. The pilot had started feeling sick three hours into the flight.

“LATAM Group is deeply saddened by this event and takes this opportunity to express our most sincere condolences to the family of our employee,” the company said, adding that the pilot was “distinguished by his dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm.”

According to FlightAware data, the LATAM flight, which typically takes roughly eight hours, took off from Miami at 9:41 pm. Three hours later, the plane, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, made a quick descent, dropping nearly 30,000 feet in 10 minutes before landing at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.

LATAM claimed it had followed “all the necessary protocols” during the flight to safeguard the pilot’s life.

What nurse Isadora said

A co-pilot had issued an urgent request for any available doctors on board. There were two doctors and a nurse Isadora, who tried resuscitation but failed to revive him and was declared dead on landing.

According to reports, nurse Isadora said resources were lacking for effective resuscitation. She said onboard provision by airlines to meet medical emergencies could potentially save lives.

The passengers were provided accommodation in Panama City hotels until flight operations resumed on Tuesday. The flight landed in Santiago at 4 am on Wednesday (local time).

It is rare for a pilot to die mid-air. However, in 2015, an American Airlines jetliner carrying 147 passengers made an emergency landing in Syracuse, N.Y., after the pilot fell ill and died. In 2009, a Continental Airlines flight with 247 passengers made emergency landing in Newark after the 60-year-old pilot died of heart attack.

The DGCA is investigating the causes that led to the Indian pilots' cardiac arrest, including any co-morbidities.


The much-touted 'one-nation, one-election' argument was purportedly to prevent wasteful expenditure of the people's money, manpower and deceleration of development, but the committee report when implemented will end up paving the way for holding more elections than currently being held. Because of the logistics and democratic limitations involved, the committee was not expected by commonsense to be out of a loose end either! Those who are alive at that time, and further for ten more years thereafter, can count the rounds and compare with the present numbers. Therefore, either the agenda is different or the 8-volume presentation is faulty/made-up!!!

The manager has defended himself saying that dry ice got mixed with mouth freshener by the negligence of the staff...After taking the mouth freshener the customers felt a burning sensation and started vomiting blood. Five of them were hospitalised. Two are in critical condition.

Harmful effects of dry ice: Ingested, dry ice can burn your mouth, esophagus and stomach as it sublimates on contact with the moisture of the organs and turns into CO2, apart from other damaging physical and chemical changes it induces. The pressure building up in the stomach due to sublimation can also rupture the stomach muscles. It turns lethal. In normal direct handling it leads to frostbite due to the cold temperature.

One of them is seen in CCTV being shot at close range. The motive is suspected to be personal enmity.

TAILPIECE: Almost every other day we hear of shootings in one place or other in the country. India will very soon replace the US as the world's No 1 in the incidence of mass shooting. It will eclipse terrorism as a source of concern. Who can help? At least, has it occurred to anyone's mind?

'This Moment' of Shakti fusion won the Best Global Music Album at the Grammys. Zakir Hussain has won two other awards too. In a great victory for Indians, five of them have won the Grammys this time. In other sections, Taylor Swift got her fourth Album of the Year award and Miley Cyrus got an award for the first time.

The Government scheme provides ₹ 51,000 per wedding of which ₹ 35,000 goes to the girl, ₹ 10,000 for wedding materials and ₹ 6,000 towards expenses for the ceremony.

“Two activists from the environmental movement ‘Riposte Alimentaire’ sprayed pumpkin soup on the armoured glass protecting the Mona Lisa, this Sunday, January 28, 2024, around 10 am (4aET),” a statement from the museum said.

It is not understood how undesirable elements are allowed to get so close to her and play havoc with the artwork. Several times over this has happened in the past, deranged minds masquerading as tourists and cultists venting their frustration.

A Spicejet passenger had a harrowing experience inside a tiny claustrophobic lavatory aboard a Mumbai-Bengaluru flight when he found to his bewilderment that the door was not opening.

Two days earlier, in a similar incident in the area, a domestic help was bitten by a pet dog in the lift when she was going for work.

Tailpiece: Sometimes appearing to outnumnber men and women on the streets, the stray dogs are turning more and more daring with sections of anti-social elements out there to feed and protect them in order to find a window for their unfulfilled love! There is an all-pervading feeling of lack of authority.

Ankit Tiwari had told the employee that “instructions had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office to conduct an enquiry” and reopen the “already disposed of” case and asked him to appear before the ED office at Madurai on October 30, DVAC said. The doctor was allegedly threatened with arrest and told to pay a bribe of Rs 3 cr to avoid the ED probe, which was later negotiated down to Rs 50 lakh.

Tailpiece: We are made to believe RBI, CBI, ED, Judiciary as sacrosanct and all others like railways, transport, revenue, education, PWD departments are composed of us the mortals, absolutely corrupt! As if in the sacrosanct places the angels descend from the heavens to work in the night and fly away before day-break! Let's be true to ourselves, we are all cut from the same cloth.

Apart from cash, Gill had also taken three planes as bribe and two of them were leased out to Redbird Aviation Academy. With the result, flying schools compromised on safety requirements and trainers met with accidents several times.

Five people were arrested from a banquet hall in Sector 51 Noida on Thursday where they were called to hold a rave party in a trap laid by the animal rights group, PFA. They named Yadav but he was not present.

Betting through Dubai-based Mahadev Book in India is conducted through a countrywide network. Probes reveal that the online gambling is worth several millions and top politicians, officials and celebs have been beneficiaries.

TAILPIECE: Polling dates for some States are round the corner. Top politicians have begun their acrimonious debate who looted more, even as Mahadev is washing their dirty laundry in the open ghat. Come what may, one needs to seize power to amass "thy wretched pelf!" One simple question is, why else one should spend lakhs or crores to get elected! A question every Indian should ask to oneself at least once a day!

His inaction amounts to defeating the rights of the people of the State to welfare measures sought to be implemented through the Bills, the Kerala Government's petition submitted, while the State of Tamil Nadu remarked that its "Governor is acting as a political rival."

Tailpiece: Coming up back to back, the petitions in their totality seem to question the provision of Raj Bhavan, and not motives of a Governor as a person.

Hundreds of cars piled up behind the wreckage of crashes occurring one after other in backing up - continuous crashes to the rhythm of metallic clanks and bangs back to back. According to reports, some ops required 'Jaws of Life' to pull apart the mangled cars to save lives inside.

The pilots struggled with Emerson to thwart a shut-off as he reached for the T-handles (see pix). Later he admitted to police he had taken psychedelic mushrooms and had a "nervous breakdown."

Doctors reasoned how the incidence of heart attacks is spiking over time and advise the simple way to play safely is to take a break and rehydrate yourself.

But how come ten people, including children, die of cardiac arrest at Garba in 24 hours, and that at different places of Gujarat? Garba had been going on for six days, and every year it is celebrated.

The killing of a teacher in France by an Islamic radical last Friday is linked to the Israel-Hamas war in West Asia, say authorities.

Shocking news from the UK: Leading grocers have started bribing policemen with free food and drinks to persuade them to take action against shoplifters.

Shoplifting has risen by about 27 per cent in 10 major cities across the UK this year. The cost of retail crime last year was $2.15 billion. Besides, “We are seeing organised gangs threatening staff with weapons and emptying stores," Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said. Data shows that the police failed to respond to 73 per cent of serious retail crimes that included assault and abuse of workers, apart from shoplifting.

Isar Mohammad allegedly picked up a banana offered to Ganesh idol on Chaturthi at a makeshift temple in Delhi and consumed it.

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