An airline pilot died after collapsing within the lavatory of a Miami to Chile flight with 271 passengers aboard.
Captain Ivan Andaur started feeling unwell three hours into the LATAM Airlines flight from Florida to Santiago and after collapsing within the lavatory he obtained emergency remedy from the crew, reported Simple Flying.
The flight took thirty minutes to divert to Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport and first responders declared Andaur, a 25-year veteran pilot, lifeless when the airplane landed.
The LA505 flight, which was working a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, left Miami at 10.11pm on Monday 14 August and in addition had a reduction captain and first officer onboard when the incident came about.
“LATAM Airlines Group reports that flight LA505 yesterday, which was on the Miami-Santiago route, had to land at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama due to a medical emergency for one of the three members of the command crew. When the plane landed, emergency services provided life-saving help, but the pilot sadly passed away,” the airline stated in an announcement.
“We are deeply moved by what has happened, and we extend our sincere condolences to the family of our employee. We are deeply grateful for his 25-year career and his valuable contribution, which was always distinguished by his dedication, professionalism, and dedication. During the flight, all the necessary safety protocols were carried out to safeguard the life of the affected pilot.”
Following the incident, the flight left Panama City on Tuesday and continued on to Chile.
According to the New York Post, Captain Andaur was 56 years outdated.
In March, a Southwest Airlines flight needed to return to Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas when one of many pilots fell unwell shortly after departing for Columbus, Ohio.
An off-duty pilot from one other airline was onboard the flight as a passenger and helped with radio communications because the flight returned to the Nevada metropolis.
In the US airline pilots require a medical certificates that have to be renewed yearly for anybody below 40, and each six months for these over the age of 40.