What A Pilot Sounds Like With Extreme Hypoxia
This audio recording is circulating on the web. Jay McCombs and the Controllers at Cleveland Center were given an award for how they handled the situation. The events unfolded on July 26, 2008 when McCombs accepted the hand-off of KFS66, a lear jet which appeared to have a stuck mike creating incomprehensible transmissions at first. Through the help of another pilot's translation, McCombs learned that the aircraft had declared an emergency. Fellow controller Stephanie Bevins listened in and concluded that he must be hypoxic. It is clear why this case study has not only been chosen as an award winner, but also as a classroom teaching aid at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City.