Continental Flight 61 Pilot Dies Mid-Flight Brussels to Newark
According to FNC the pilot of Continental 61 has died mid-flight. There should be no safety issue. Since the flight came from overseas chances are, that in addition to the co-pilot, an extra crew is on board. The plane was destined for Newark, NJ and has now landed safely. The plane was travelling from Brussels.
There were 247 passengers on board.
The co-pilot took over the controls and eventuall a relief pilot that was on board is credited with landing the plane safely. The name of the deceased pilot has not been released.
Dr. Julien Struyven, a cardiologist from Belgium, was rendering assistance and also used a defibrillator. According to Struyven, in an interview on FNC, the pilot could not be saved.
Continental Airlines is to release a detailed report to the media soon.
Continental Airlines advises that the pilot died of natural causes and was 61 years old with 20 years of experience.
A reserve pilot was also on board. The plane is a 777 which can carry up to 440 people.
It is not known if the passengers have been informed.
Update: According to FNC Report half way into the flight the crew was asking for doctors on board. None of the passengers knew that the pilot had died and was the one that needed assistance. The crew acted very professional and one of the doctors on board declared pilot dead from natural causes.