Plane With Dead Pilot Lands Safely In Newark

The Federal Aviation Administration says a plane carrying a pilot who died in mid-flight has landed safely at the airport in Newark, N.J.

Spokeswoman Arlene Salac says Continental Airlines Flight 61 landed at 11:49 a.m.

Airline spokeswoman Kelly Cripe says the pilot died of natural causes Thursday on the flight from Brussels, Belgium, to Newark.

Cripe says he was a 61-year-old man with more than 20 years of service to the airline.

She says the flight continued safely with two other pilots at the controls.

Cripe says the Boeing 777 carried 247 passengers.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    pilots over the age of 60 have to complete a pyhsical every 6 months. I think that the crew did the right thing by not letting the passengers know, it would have caused unneeded fear and panic. Copilots usually have just as much experience as the pilot, It just a matter of who signed for the plane that day. Also on transcontinental flights there is always a third pilot on the plane. God bless this pilots family. Buzz-
  • by jojo on Jun 18, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    That's sad, never enjoyed retirement. God Bless him and his service to the people.
  • by nancy Location: gresham ne on Jun 18, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    this is sad,i think the airlines are rushing people,how long ago was this man seen for a phyiscal, got a check up..iam glad noboby was hurt. may god be with his family.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    God Bless this guys family as well as the other pilots that safely landed this plane.
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