American Airlines pilot dies mid-flight


A pilot aboard an overnight American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston reportedly died Monday on the red-eye flight. In audio posted online of the emergency call to air traffic control, the co-pilot can be heard describing what has happened: "Medical emergency. Pilot is incapacitated."

The flight was diverted to Syracuse where it landed safely at 7:11 a.m. with 147 passengers on-board. The co-pilot is heard asking air traffic control: "Do you have a way to get into the cockpit expeditiously?"

The cause of the pilot's death is not yet known. "We are incredibly saddened by this event," a spokeswoman told a Boston TV station.

American Airlines flight 550 later resumed its flight to Boston.