Plane Diverted Safely To Syracuse Airport After Pilot Dies
A flight bound for Boston from Sky Harbor International airport in Phoenix Az. was diverted to Syracuse after one of the pilots died in-flight.
American Airlines Flight 550, a red eye flight that departed from Arizona just after midnight, Pacific time, landed in Syracuse, NY, just after 7 a.m. Monday after the plane’s captain reportedly died. One of the flight attendants on the crew, who is also a nurse, reportedly tried to save the captain, to no avail according to patch.com
WCVB reports "Syracuse, American 550, medical emergency, captain is incapacitated, request handling for runway," a transcript of the co-pilot's radio transmission said.
Syracuse.com reports the plane had 152 aboard including 5 crew members.The pilot's name was not disclosed. The pilot's illness was not specified.
"We are incredibly saddened by this event, and we are focused on caring for our pilot's family and colleagues," the airline said.
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