News Pilot Dies During American Airlines Flight

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  1. BethSucks

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    American Airlines pilot dies during flight - CNN.com
    (CNN)Medical emergencies are rare, but hardly unprecedented in commercial flights.

    It's far less common when they involve the plane's pilot -- and that pilot dies.

    That's what happened Monday on an American Airlines flight between Phoenix and Boston, an airline official said.

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    American Airlines pilot dies mid-flight, co-pilot lands 02:17
    The official did not specify the cause of death beyond saying it from an illness. The Onondaga County, New York, medical examiner's office said later Monday that an autopsy and preliminary toxicology tests "showed that the death was the result of natural diseases" without offering specifics.

    "Whatever happened in the cockpit, none of us will know," passenger Frank Cacciola told CNN affiliate WCVB.

    Cacciola was among the 147 passengers and five crew members aboard Flight 550 when it took off around midnight, heading from the Southwest to the Northeast. Their Airbus A320 plane was being operated by U.S. Airways, which is now part of American.

    The pilot fell ill somewhere en route, and the flight was diverted to Syracuse in upstate New York.

    "Medical emergency, captain is incapacitated," someone in the cockpit told an air traffic controller, according to audio posted to LiveATC.net. "Request handling for runway."

    Those on board knew something was wrong when a woman's "quivering" voice came over the intercom, alerting them the pilot was sick, passenger Peter McSwiggin told WCVB. Flight 550 then made a rapid descent, arriving in Syracuse at 7:13 a.m. ET, according to American's website.

    Firefighters there responded to an unconscious person on the airplane, Syracuse Fire Chief Timothy Hess said. Hess was not sure if this person was the pilot, or what hospital that person went to.

    According to passenger Julia House, passengers waited for the body to be removed. They made it to Boston after noon, nearly five hours after their scheduled time.

    Passengers expressed sadness about what happened and gratitude they arrived safely.

    "If it wasn't for the copilot using a cool head," McSwiggin said, "it might have been more disastrous."

    CNN's Joseph Netto and Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.
     
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    This is exactly why I fly on Delta.
     
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    "If it wasn't for the copilot using a cool head," McSwiggin said, "it might have been more disastrous."

    What did they expect him to do? Grab a parachute and bail out?
     
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    Cock.....pit

    Hee hee hee hee
     
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    Did he have the fish for dinner?
    Shirley he didn't.
     
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    Modem airplanes can pretty much themselves

    Pilots are just there to bang those flying whores that serve drinks
     
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    I am serious and don't call me Shirley
     
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    I don't know the geography of the NE that well but was it much faster to divert to Syracuse as opposed to just sending them through to Boston? It looks a little shorter on the map, but I don't know.
     
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    Why divert to save a few minutes?

    Or is it an odor problem?
     
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    That's what I'm saying. He was already dead. Not to sound rude but why inconvienece all those passengers unless it was an absolute emergency?
     
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    :haha::backlol:People really are fucking stupid! Oh, you mean the copilot knows how to land a plane too?
     
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    What if the copilot decided to die too?
     
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    Check the Radar Range.
     
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    Maybe, maybe not, but it was probably the fastest way to get the guy to a hospital. Logan's a fucking nightmare.
     
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    You mean the gay guys with attitude that hand out pretzels?
     
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    That article didn't say he was dead. Only a doctor can make that determination. Are you being serious?