A LATAM Airways flight from Florida to Chile was diverted to Panama this week after one of many pilots suffered a “medical emergency” and later “handed away,” the airline says.
Flight information exhibits that LATAM 505 departed Miami round 9:40 p.m. Sunday earlier than it landed round three hours later at Tocumen Worldwide Airport in Panama Metropolis.
In the course of the flight, the captain went to a rest room and by no means returned to the cockpit, based on The Aviation Herald.
As soon as the airplane landed in Panama Metropolis, the cabin crew tried to resuscitate the pilot, the web site added, noting that passengers reported they had been dropped off there with no LATAM employees round.
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In a press release to FOX Enterprise, LATAM Airways stated the Boeing 787 modified course from Santiago “on account of a medical emergency of one of many three members of the crew in command.”
“All the required protocols had been adopted in the course of the flight to safeguard the lifetime of the affected pilot. Sadly, after touchdown and receiving additional medical help, the pilot handed away,” it added.
“LATAM Group is deeply saddened by this occasion and takes this chance to precise our most honest condolences to the household of our worker,” the airline additionally stated. “We’re grateful for his 25-years of service to LATAM, distinguished by his dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm.”
As for the passengers, the airline stated it “regrets the inconveniences that resulted from this unexpected occasion.”
The airplane in the end took off once more and landed in Santiago, Chile, round 4 a.m. native time.
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Final yr, movies emerged of a extreme storm that triggered critical harm to a LATAM Airways airplane touring out of Santiago.
Movies confirmed lighting flashing and passengers screaming because the airplane barreled on by way of the storm. There have been 48 individuals on board.
The pilots had been compelled to make an emergency touchdown in Asunción, Paraguay, based on the nation’s aviation authority. Officers stated the airplane’s nostril was shattered, and the windshield had small cracks, Reuters reported.
LATAM Airways stated in a press release that “extreme climate situations” compelled the pilots to make an emergency touchdown.
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“Each passengers and crew are in good situation,” the airline stated.
FOX Enterprise’ Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.