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Monday, 5 October 2015

American Airlines Pilot Dies On Board Flight

The pilot, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead after the diverted flight landed safely, Sky News understands.

An AA spokesperson said the airline was "incredibly saddened by this event"

An American Airlines pilot has died on board an overnight flight from Phoenix to Boston.

Airline spokeswoman Michelle Mohr told Sky News that Flight 550 was diverted to Syracuse, New York, on Monday morning after the pilot suddenly "became ill".

The flight's first officer requested an emergency landing, telling the control tower in Syracuse: "Captain is incapacitated."

Sky News understands the pilot was pronounced dead by medical personnel after the plane landed safely at about 7.15am.

Details of the medical emergency and the pilot's identity were not being released, pending notification of family members, Ms Mohr said.

The airline is "incredibly saddened by this event", she said.

A replacement crew was called in to take the flight and its 147 passengers on to Boston.

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