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Old 06-18-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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NEWARK, N.J. 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.

Plane with dead pilot lands safely in Newark, NJ - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_pilot_dies;_ylt=AhkUJUpPph8__ttRsXpAyRus0NUE;_y lu=X3oDMTJmMHFxa2EwBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwNjE4L3VzX3B pbG90X2RpZXMEY3BvcwMzBHBvcwMxMwRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b 3J5BHNsawNwbGFuZXdpdGhkZWE- - broken link)
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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NEWARK, N.J. 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.

Plane with dead pilot lands safely in Newark, NJ - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_pilot_dies;_ylt=AhkUJUpPph8__ttRsXpAyRus0NUE;_y lu=X3oDMTJmMHFxa2EwBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwNjE4L3VzX3B pbG90X2RpZXMEY3BvcwMzBHBvcwMxMwRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b 3J5BHNsawNwbGFuZXdpdGhkZWE- - broken link)
The first officer and a relief pilot, who was in the jump seat, landed the Boeing 777.

It's not unusual to have a relief crew member in the flight deck on trans-oceanic flights.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Poor guy..mid flight they were more then likely over the ocean ...no place to land and get him to a hospital
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:43 AM
 
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There were two doctors onboard, one was a cardiologist. They used an AED, and couldn't bring him back. Even if he had been at home it doesn't sound like he could have been saved. My thoughts go to his family and friends.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:41 PM
 
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Good thing they raised the retirement age to 65 from 60...
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:25 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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My heart goes out to his family. Poor guy, how sad.
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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Good thing they raised the retirement age to 65 from 60...
Pilots tend to have a high rate of heart disease, DESPITE their lower incidence of obesity. Let's face it, it is a high pressure job.

I would rather have an ex-military pilot who is 62 with 35+ years of experience than the the 25-30 year old commuter jet pilots with very limited experience.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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Pilots tend to have a high rate of heart disease, DESPITE their lower incidence of obesity. Let's face it, it is a high pressure job.

I would rather have an ex-military pilot who is 62 with 35+ years of experience than the the 25-30 year old commuter jet pilots with very limited experience.
Absolutely. Give me Sully over some pilot who was a recent graduate of a "pilot mill" college any day.
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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Absolutely. Give me Sully over some pilot who was a recent graduate of a "pilot mill" college any day.
Unfortunately that is what the system has produced. I'm one of those pilot mill types.

Cheap tickets = cheap labor, that's what the public wanted.

Midwest Airlines is now slated to become the first virtual airline, where they sell tickets on their own brand but have outsourced their entire operation to Republic, a regional carrier.
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