American Airlines pilot passes away in-flight





Updated at 11.08 EST, 6 Oct. 2015
American Airlines flight 550 from Phoenix, AZ to Boston, MA diverted to Syracuse, NY on Monday morning at 7:11am because one of the pilots passed away in-flight. Reports say indicate that Capt. Michael Johnston died of a heart attack.
The 57-year-old veteran pilot had a double-bypass heart surgery in 2006, but had otherwise been in good health, his wife Betty Jean Johnston told NBC News, adding that the airline required Johnston to have a physical every six months to continue piloting.
“He loves flying,” Betty said. “He is very loving and caring, and he’ll do anything for anybody – bend over backwards, try and help out anyone as much as he can. He’s always been that way.”
Reports said that one of the flight attendants crewed to work flight 550 was a nurse, tried, but sadly wasn’t able to save him.
The aircraft being flown was an Airbus 320, and it was carrying 147 passengers and five crew members.
Back in 2009, the pilot on a Continental flight died while enroute from Brussels, Belgium, to Newark, New Jersey. That aircraft was a Boeing 777 which eventually landed safely at Newark.
 
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