An American Airlines Pilot Died Mid-Flight

American Airlines pilot dies during flight, co-pilot takes over and safely lands plane

Posted by NowThis on Monday, October 5, 2015

Wow! From Fox Business, where you can read the full story:

An American Airlines pilot died suddenly during a red-eye flight early Monday, leaving the plane’s first officer to make an emergency landing with 152 people on board.

Early Tuesday, American Airlines formally identified the pilot as Captain Michael Johnston, 57. A statement from the airline said Johnson had broken into the commercial aviation industry as a first officer for America West Airlines in 1990. The statement did not specify how Johnston had died.

The Airbus 320 was en-route from Phoenix to Boston and had to be diverted to Syracuse. Before the flight landed there, the first officer called the airport tower and said “American 550. Medical emergency. Captain is incapacitated.”

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