An airline pilot died after collapsing in the bathroom of a Miami to Chile flight with 271 passengers aboard.
Emergency In The Air
A pilot collapsed and died in the bathroom during a commercial flight from Miami to Chile — prompting an emergency landing in Panama on Sunday night, according to sources aboard the airplane.
Iván Andaur, 56, was at the helm of the Santiago-bound LATAM Airlines flight around 11 p.m. when he suffered apparent cardiac arrest, according to the Sun.
Andaur died after collapsing in the bathroom of a commercial flight with 271 passengers on board. This prompted an emergency landing in Panama on Sunday night, carried out by the co-pilot, Independent said in a report.
Captain Ivan Andaur, the pilot who died, began feeling unwell three hours after the LATAM Airlines flight took off. The outlet further said that the crew gave him emergency treatment, but they could not revive him.
When the plane landed at Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, the medical experts rushed to check on the pilot but declared him dead. Mr. Andaur was a veteran pilot with an experience of 25 years.
“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 said in a statement on Monday.
Following the incident, the flight resumed its journey from Panama City to Chile on Tuesday.
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