Co-Pilot Lands American Airlines Aircraft Safely After Pilot Dies During Flight

A pilot died in an American-Airlines plane yesterday and his co-pilot had to act swiftly to land the plane safely.


57-year-old captain Michael Johnston was piloting the aircraft bound for Boston when he had a malaise. The co-pilot who therefore had to land the jet diverted the plane to Syracuse in upstate New York.

Johnston was to die before the plane reached destination. According to his wife, he had had a double bypass surgery back in 2006. The autopsy and other relevant tests “showed that the death was the result of natural diseases”, as per the statements of the medical examiner’s office.

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