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MSNBC: A CAL captain just died in flight. Plane making an emergency landing

jetpig32

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COA61 from BRU. 61 years old. Godspeed. As I know this thread will turn in to an age 60 debate, lets remember this guy is a fellow aviator and has a family too.
 

sat74

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Thoughts out to the CA's family. Sad news. Just hope the media doesnt go off on some story about the 2 FO's flying the remainder of the trip.
 

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COA61 from BRU. 61 years old. Godspeed. As I know this thread will turn in to an age 60 debate, lets remember this guy is a fellow aviator and has a family too.

how do you know his age already?
 

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I believe they had an FO die several years ago enroute and he was in his 40s. Unfortunately, we have lost a couple FOs at Delta recently due to cancer. Can happen to anyone.
 

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sat74

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Too late... there is LIVE coverage of the plane landing on CNN:

"There are 2 First Officers on board - is this normal?"
"Are they trained to land?"
"The "backup crew" is trained to take over when a medical emergency takes place"
"The "backup crew" will try to make the landing as normal as possible and align the airplane with the runway..."


It amazes me how ignorant the media and our viewers are. In Europe they feature aviation almost daily on TV and in documentries which is probably why the profession is held to a much higher regard. They actually know that a crew involves more than just a Captain whereas FO's in America hold the same distinction as FA's at best!
 

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61 yrs old huh. I know everyone is thinking it. He could have chosen to spend the last year or so of his life with his family, but didn't. Gives new meaning to "fly 'til you die."
 
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