US/AA 550 (PHX-BOS) diverted to SYR, pilot passes away in flight

 
Old Oct 5, 15, 8:09 am
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US/AA 550 (PHX-BOS) diverted to SYR, pilot passes away in flight

Saw this in my Twitter feed and a couple of other blogs.

http://savvystews.com/2015/10/breaking-aa-flight-550-diverts-pilot-passes-away-inflight/

Sad if it's true

Edit: not doubting the story, I usually don't follow American Airlines and don't know how to check up on this.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 8:21 am
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Originally Posted by mp2 View Post
Saw this in my Twitter feed and a couple of other blogs.

http://savvystews.com/2015/10/breaki...away-inflight/

Sad if it's true

Edit: not doubting the story, I usually don't follow American Airlines and don't know how to check up on this.
Looks like it was a PHX-BOS flight diverted to SYR, according to FlightAware.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 8:31 am
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As this is a US flight, I'll move to the US forum.

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Old Oct 5, 15, 8:54 am
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Super sad news.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 9:02 am
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Sad.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/charl...r-pilot-dies-0

http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/301...enix-to-boston

One article claims that a flight attendant/nurse attempted to revive.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 10:37 am
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I got scared for a second as I flew AA550 ONT-PHX last night, I am not sure if the same crew worked the PHX-BOS flight (even though the flight number was the same - my plane went to MSP, so probably not), but it has to be a harrowing experience for everybody involved.

Sending my thoughts to the pilot and his family.

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Old Oct 5, 15, 10:51 am
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AA Pilot dies during flight

Per CNN:

Breaking News
An American Airlines captain died during a flight from Phoenix to Boston, and the co-pilot landed the plane with 147 passengers safely, an airline official said
AA550 - diverted to Syracuse, perhaps?
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Old Oct 5, 15, 10:57 am
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You beat me to it

I just saw the news and went to post it when I saw that you beat me to it.

My condolences to the family.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 10:58 am
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Sad news, but I think it's pmUS flight.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 11:02 am
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Condolences for sure, this does sadly happen from time to time. That's got to be a tough position to be in for the FO afterward.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 11:03 am
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Why is this moved to the US forum? The media is reporting it was an American Airlines flight and WBZ took a photo of the plane after it landed and it is painted in AA livery.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/10/0...cal-emergency/

Either way, sad story, but at least everyone aside from the pilot landed safely.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 11:03 am
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Condolences and thoughts to those who knew the pilot.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 11:14 am
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How awful. Thoughts and prayers with the pilots family. Hopefully the crew helped the passengers stay calm, this would be unnerving to experience.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 11:19 am
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Originally Posted by vasantn View Post
Looks like it was a PHX-BOS flight diverted to SYR, according to FlightAware.
Yeah, that is one. They diverted to SYR. I cannot not believe that. I am so sad that captain has passed away. My condolences to the families.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 11:27 am
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The CNN article says it was from illness. In my mind, "illness" is a preexisting condition, and isn't something like heart attack, poisoning, etc. So - I have to wonder - how did he go from being fit to fly to dead in what was probably 3-4 hours?
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