American Airlines Pilot Dies During Phoenix To Boston Red-Eye Flight

  • by: Alan Duke
American Airlines Pilot Dies During Phoenix To Boston Red-Eye Flight

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The captain flying American Airlines Flight 550 died in the cockpit during the red-eye flight Monday morning, although the co-pilot safely diverted the plane to a landing in Syracuse, New York.

The first officer took over the controls and radioed to the air traffic controller: "Medical emergency, the captain is incapacitated."

Listen to the co-pilot's radio transmission here

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