As Another Airline Pilot Collapses On The Job
For the second time in a couple of weeks an airline pilot has collapsed at the controls. Australia's 7News reported this week that the pilot of a Garuda (Indonesia) Airlines Boeing 737 suffered a heart attack just after takeoff from Pontianak, on Borneo island. The first officer assumed control and landed the plane safely but the pilot died while en route to the hospital from the airport. The pilot had reportedly told other crew members that he wasn't feeling well prior to the flight. The Indonesian incident comes 10 days after a co-pilot suffered a seizure on flight from Washington to Los Angeles. In that case, a U.S. Air Force test pilot was asked to take the right seat to help out with the landing. The Indonesian co-pilot was on his own, although earlier reports suggested the stricken captain declined to relinquish control and landed the plane himself before dying in the cockpit.
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