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Continental pilot dies during flight... [18-Jun-2009][threads merged]

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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:09 am
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Continental pilot dies during flight... [18-Jun-2009][threads merged]

A news story of a pilot who died in flight from Brussels; interestingly, the article notes an emergency landing EWR even though that was the destination. My condolences to the pilot's family.

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/contine...2.1049850.html
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:12 am
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Sorry for the pilot but with that many crew on board, I am not really worried. They should all know what they are doing, so I would not really call it an "emergency landing". The plane is still in perfect shape and there is trained crew, so I do not really see the emergency. As horrible as it is but the captain is already dead, nobody can help him anymore!
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:13 am
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CO had a pilot die on a 752 flight from Central America a few years ago. That is why they (now) always put a FA in the cockpit when one of the flight crew use the restroom. When the cockpit door is closed you want two people in it.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:14 am
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In the past, I would have said its a waste to have 3 pilots on board TATL. I think I have just changed my mind.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:16 am
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Wow. Sad story. Glad it seems to have been handled fine.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:17 am
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Fox News just said that their was a non-rev crew on board being ferried back to NY
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by cova View Post
CO had a pilot die on a 752 flight from Central America a few years ago. That is why they (now) always put a FA in the cockpit when one of the flight crew use the restroom. When the cockpit door is closed you want two people in it.
I thought they put a FA in front of the door and at the F/Y line after 9/11.



Very sad news though. My condolences to the family and friends of the pilot.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by supermasterphil View Post
Sorry for the pilot but with that many crew on board, I am not really worried. They should all know what they are doing, so I would not really call it an "emergency landing". The plane is still in perfect shape and there is trained crew, so I do not really see the emergency. As horrible as it is but the captain is already dead, nobody can help him anymore!
Sounds like the emergency landing is due to the fact that there is no captain on the plane now. Likely protocol that they declare an emergency in a case like this. Also likely unnecessary, but aviation laws/rules have a tendency to be overly cautious.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:19 am
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Freaky, because this happened fairly recently on another CO flight. It is the only other incident of its type that I can remember -- although it's obviously happened before.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15587328/

It will be interesting to see the age of the pilot. Hopefully, it is not an over 60 individual, as we will then be subject to countless stories about whether the rule change to allow older pilots "jeaporidizes safety."

Condolences to the family, though. At the end of the day, while this is an aviation oddity, it is primarily a human tragedy, as an individual in the prime of his life has been taken away from his loved ones.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by supermasterphil View Post
They should all know what they are doing, so I would not really call it an "emergency landing".
While they are landing at their original destination, an emergency landing will give them priority to land and emergency crews to meet the plane and remove the body.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:22 am
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Condolences to the family

At least he was able to go doing something he loved....May he rest in peace.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:25 am
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First off my condolences to the pilots family, friends and co workers.

Second the reason for the emergency landing declaration is to bring them straight in and have the Port Authority Police Rescue meet the aircraft, possibly on a hard stand prior to the aircraft pulling into the gate.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:28 am
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My condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

Not too long ago this also happened on a flight to PVR which had to be diverted to MFE.
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:31 am
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My thoughts go out to the affected family members and his colleagues.

Question: Which FO assumes command of the aircraft until landing? Most senior?
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Old Jun 18, 09, 9:35 am
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So sad...
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