This is so sad!
An American Airlines plane had to make an emergency landing in Syracuse, New York on Monday because the pilot suddenly became ill and died mid-flight!
Flight 550, which left Phoenix overnight and was the red eye to Boston, was diverted to Syracuse’s airport just after 7am ET because of the death.
The first officer had to make an emergency landing all alone after the pilot’s death, though fortunately none of the other crew members or 147 passengers were injured, and the plane landed safely.
American Airlines released a statement about the incident:
“We are incredibly saddened by this event and we are focused on caring for our pilot’s family and colleagues. We are also taking care of our customers and we did send a replacement crew to get them to Boston.”
While we still don’t know who the pilot was, or when in the flight he became ill and died, at least the first officer seems to have done his job under very challenging circumstances and safely landed the plane with dozens of passengers aboard.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by these sad events, both in the pilot’s family and friends, and with his colleagues at American Airlines.
[Image via NBC New York.]