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    Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Le pilote d'un vol Bruxelles-New York de la compagnie Continental est mort jeudi aux commandes de l'appareil et les deux copilotes devaient atterrir d'urgence avant midi (18h, heure belge) à leur destination de Newark, a annoncé à l'AFP l'Aviation civile américaine

    The pilot of a Continental flight Brussels-New York has died today during while he was piloting the plane, and the 2 copilots had to make an emergency landing before 12 o'clock at Newark Airport


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    wow looks like we've just avoided another airliner crash

    Usually there is only one copilot in this plane, but this time they were 2. And copilots are trained to land as well as the pilots.

    (and it's incredible how fast are the news...the plane has landed only a few minutes ago!)
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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    My girlfriends father is a retired pilot

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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    My girlfriends father is a retired pilot
    I read this one was 61...maybe it's a bit old when you have the lives of 2 or 300 passengers in your hands.

    I think the fighter pilots retire at 45 or 50 years old, maybe the airliners pilots should retire at 60?

    2 months ago, a glider has crashed on a highway not far from where I live. They don't know the cause of the crash, but the pilot was 65, so it was probably a heart attack or something like that

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    Nearly every week I fly with my dad...I've read stories of passengers succeeding in landing a small plane when the pilot had died but wow...I can "pilot" it, but landing a plane is very difficult, it's like parking a car at 100mph
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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Here's a link in English

    Jet Lands at Newark With Dead Pilot - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

    Two first officers took control of the plane, a Boeing 777, after the captain, who was 61 years old, “died in flight, apparently of natural causes,” according to Julie King, a spokeswoman for Continental. The captain had 21 years of service with Continental and was based in Newark, she said, adding that his family had been notified.

    The flight, Flight 61, took off at 9:54 a.m. in Brussels (3:54 a.m. Eastern time), according to Continental’s Web site. It touched down at 11:47 a.m., earlier than its scheduled noon landing, at Gate C123 at Newark Liberty International Airport.


    Passengers said they were not told about the emergency and had no idea what happened until the plane landed.

    About halfway through the flight, a call came over the announcement system asking if any doctors were on board, passengers said. Several passengers said they were, the passengers said.

    A medical doctor on board the flight pronounced the pilot dead, according to Les Dorr Jr., an F.A.A. spokesman. The pilot was removed from the cockpit to the crew rest area, he said.

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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    Yeah I was like 'wtf'

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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    I read this one was 61...maybe it's a bit old when you have the lives of 2 or 300 passengers in your hands.

    I think the fighter pilots retire at 45 or 50 years old, maybe the airliners pilots should retire at 60?

    2 months ago, a glider has crashed on a highway not far from where I live. They don't know the cause of the crash, but the pilot was 65, so it was probably a heart attack or something like that

    Accident de planeur à Spy sur l'E42: le pilote est décédé | RTBF INFO


    Nearly every week I fly with my dad...I've read stories of passengers succeeding in landing a small plane when the pilot had died but wow...I can "pilot" it, but landing a plane is very difficult, it's like parking a car at 100mph
    Bill had to retire at 60. Recently they raised the age to 65 though. My girlfriends mom still flys though she has been an flight attendent for 44 years now.

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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post
    I read this one was 61...maybe it's a bit old when you have the lives of 2 or 300 passengers in your hands.

    I think the fighter pilots retire at 45 or 50 years old, maybe the airliners pilots should retire at 60?

    2 months ago, a glider has crashed on a highway not far from where I live. They don't know the cause of the crash, but the pilot was 65, so it was probably a heart attack or something like that

    Accident de planeur à Spy sur l'E42: le pilote est décédé | RTBF INFO


    Nearly every week I fly with my dad...I've read stories of passengers succeeding in landing a small plane when the pilot had died but wow...I can "pilot" it, but landing a plane is very difficult, it's like parking a car at 100mph
    Ahhh, that explains why my car is so banged up. Thanx. LOL.
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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Yeah I was like 'wtf'
    Jet lag in its extreme

    That or the co-pilot let one off in the cockpit.
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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    I just heard that the passengers didn't know anything was going on until they were greeted at the end of customs by a mob of reporters.

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    Re: Pilot dies on board of airliner

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    Bill had to retire at 60. Recently they raised the age to 65 though. My girlfriends mom still flys though she has been an flight attendent for 44 years now.
    your GF's mom works for AARP Airlines !!!!
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