A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-900, registration G-VOWS performing flight VS-2 (dep Feb 1st) from Newark,NJ (USA) to London Heathrow,EN (UK), was enroute at FL380 about 450nm east of St. John’s,NL (Canada) when one of the pilots became ill and left the flight deck. The other pilot declared medical emergency (without reporting a pilot incapacitation), descended the aircraft to FL280, turned around and diverted to St. John’s for a safe landing about 90 minutes later. Medical staff provided assistance to the ill pilot.
The crew reported on Gander Center, St. John’s Approach and Tower a medical emergency only, there was never any mention of a pilot incapacitation.
The Canadian TSB reported one of the pilots was unable to continue duties.
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