Tragedy struck during a flight from Miami to Chile when an airline pilot fell ill and later passed away.
The incident took place on a LATAM Airlines flight from Miami to Santiago.
The pilot, identified as Captain Ivan Andaur, a 56-year-old, was reported to have felt unwell around three hours into the flight on Monday.
The distressing event occurred in the plane’s bathroom, where Captain Andaur collapsed.
The flight’s crew promptly responded with emergency assistance, attempting to provide medical aid.
In response to the situation, the plane was diverted to Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, seeking immediate medical attention for the pilot.
Upon arrival at the airport, Mr. Andaur received medical assistance, but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
LATAM Airlines Group released a statement regarding the incident, explaining that the flight had to make an emergency landing at Tocumen International Airport due to a medical emergency involving one of the command crew members.
The airline expressed deep condolences for the loss of their employee, highlighting his 25-year career and the valuable contributions he had made.
The pilot was praised for his dedication and professionalism.
Throughout the flight, all necessary safety protocols were rigorously followed to ensure the well-being of everyone on board.
Despite the tragic event, the flight continued its journey.
The aircraft, having departed from Panama City, arrived in Santiago approximately five hours later at 11:55 pm on Tuesday.
The incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable challenges that can arise during air travel, emphasizing the dedication of flight crews to the safety and care of their passengers and fellow crew members.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn