Tuesday, 6 October 2015

An American pilot dies while on an overnight flight. How did the passengers survive it?

A pilot on an overnight flight from Phoenix to Boston had a medical emergency and died, an American airline has confirmed to BBC.

The flight co-pilot had to immediately take control, his intervention worked and the American Airlines flight landed safely, after been diverted to Syracuse, New York. Saving about 147 lives that were on board.

The airline is "incredibly saddened" and focusing on the pilot's family and colleagues, a spokeswoman said.

A new crew was sent to Syracuse to fly the passengers to Boston, where they arrived on Monday early afternoon.

There was never a question about whether the flight would be able to land safely, said Ms Mohr.

"We're certainly well qualified to handle situations like these," she said. "That's why you've got more than one pilot in a cockpit."


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