Pilot dies during Continental Airlines flight but plane able to land safely

June 19, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A Continental Airlines captain died at the controls, during a transatlantic flight Thursday, but the copilot and a a relief pilot aboard the jet to took over the controls,  and landed safely in New Jersey  Continental Airlines said the pilot of Flight 61 from Brussels to Newark was a 60-year-old man with 32 years of service to the airline, who died in midflight of natural causes, suspected to be a heart attack. Beyond the crew making an announcement over the loudspeaker asking if there was a doctor on board, there was no disruption in service and passengers had no idea what was going on until after landing when they were met by fire trucks, emergency vehicles and dozens of clamoring reporters.

According to the FAA, there have only been six such pilot deaths since 1994. However in 2007, Congress changed federal law to allow pilots to continue flying until age 65, instead of 60 in line with international standards, after pilots successfully argued that the industry needed more experience in the cockpit. While all pilots medical examinations yearly, airline captains over 40 get one every six months.

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