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A new delay explanation: AA pilot hurt himself getting to gate

A new delay explanation: AA pilot hurt himself getting to gate

Old Nov 23, 16, 3:26 pm
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A new delay explanation: AA pilot hurt himself getting to gate

Nothing much here nor there about this incident, except for its oddness: Flying AA from LAX to SFO this past Sunday, our flight was delayed for a couple of hours because, according to the gate agent, "the pilot injured himself making his way to the gate. We are working to locate a replacement pilot." The announcement was shortly before we were schedule to board. The gate agent later announced that a replacement pilot had in fact been located.

Now, there's some ambiguity in the explanation, but I take it to probably mean that the pilot somehow hurt himself (tripped and fell?) while actually in the airport, walking to the gate. Either that, or perhaps a pre-departure drink(s) that he should not have had?

Anyway, this explanation for a delayed flight was a new one on me.
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Old Nov 23, 16, 3:30 pm
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I managed to somehow slice open my hand the other day sometime between getting off the airplane and making it to the Admiral's Club, so a totally plausible excuse to me.
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Old Nov 23, 16, 4:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Thunderroad View Post
Either that, or perhaps a pre-departure drink(s) that he should not have had?
I don't think there's any evidence whatsoever to support aspersions like this. Injuries can happen any time from any number of causes (particularly if the pilot was in a hurry to get to the gate).
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Old Nov 23, 16, 7:41 pm
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Originally Posted by rjw242 View Post
I don't think there's any evidence whatsoever to support aspersions like this. Injuries can happen any time from any number of causes (particularly if the pilot was in a hurry to get to the gate).
I agree. No need to say something <snip> that has no merit or facts to support it.

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Old Nov 23, 16, 10:24 pm
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Maybe the automatic doors closed on on him?
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Old Nov 24, 16, 12:04 am
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Couldn't be - I heard the FAA took care of those.
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Old Nov 24, 16, 9:23 pm
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If I had to guess, I think the PDB comment was a joke...
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