INCIDENT | Austrian A320 near Vienna, Captain Temporarily Incapacitated

On September 24, 2023, an Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration OE-LZA, performing flight OS-188 from Stuttgart, Germany to Vienna, Austria, experienced an incident where the captain was temporarily incapacitated.


The Incident

The aircraft was enroute at 310 nearing the top of descent towards Vienna when the captain started to feel unwell. While descending towards Vienna, the captain became incapacitated.

Quick Response

The first officer promptly took control of the aircraft, continued the descent toward Vienna, and intercepted the localizer for runway 34. This quick response ensured the safety of all passengers and crew on board.


Captain's Recovery

Upon intercepting the glide path, the captain recovered and was able to resume his duties. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 34.



This incident highlights the importance of teamwork and quick decision-making in aviation. The first officer's prompt action ensured the safety of everyone on board. It also underscores the need for airlines to have robust procedures in place to handle such situations. Austrian Airlines will likely review this incident closely to learn from it and further improve its safety procedures.

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