Monday, October 5, 2015

American Airlines pilot dies mid-flight during trip to Boston

An American Airlines pilot became incapacitated and later died during an early red-eye flight from Phoenix to Boston on Monday. The company has yet to release the pilot's name or details on what caused his death. The plane's co-pilot took over the controls of the Airbus A320 and safely landed the 147-passenger flight in Syracuse around 7AM ET in an emergency attempt to get the pilot medical attention. The flight originally departed shortly after midnight on Monday.

"Syracuse, American 550, medical emergency, captain is incapacitated, request handling for runway," the co-pilot said, according to a transcript of the flight's communications. "American Airlines Flight 550 diverted to Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) early this...

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