An inexplicable, horrifying episode unfolded when a pilot continued to fly his plane even though he thought his co-pilot was merely joking after leaning back and dozing until lightning struck.
Tragically, the assistant fell while they were on a flight departing from Blackpool, England and passed away shortly after take-off.
I think he naps!
Having already suspected his associate was feigning sleep when he glanced back and closed his eyes, the pilot was now certain of it. His suspicions were confirmed as a sudden bolt of lightning surged through the sky – and then it happened! The 57-year-old instructor had dozed off.
When the plane touched down, the assistant still hadn’t come to and so alarmedly, the pilot beckoned over medical professionals who were in attendance. Upon seeing this distressful scene they rushed to his aid without delay.
An autopsy revealed that the assistant had passed away due to acute heart failure.
Lessons from the incident
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigated the accident to ensure that its lessons were not forgotten.
The investigation revealed that the deceased coach had received a clean bill of health only four months before his untimely death.
The pilot’s skill safely brought the plane down, though if circumstances had been different, an unfortunate event could have happened.
Moreover, people who interacted with him on a fateful day said he was still his joyful self and gave no indication that anything was wrong.
Just before the accident flight, three individuals who accompanied him for his test lesson stated that he appeared to be perfectly normal and that nothing unusual transpired.
Remarkably, an international report has affirmed that the existing medical assessments are so reliable and proficient in risk management, even to the extent of eliminating risks altogether.
Cardiovascular events were a significant cause of mortality for both the general population and within the aviation industry.