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06-18-2009, 01:50 PM
HORROR: Continental Captain Dies Mid-Flight

Plane Departed From Brussels En Route To Newark; Reserve Crew On Flight Lands Plane Safely
Airline Says 61-Year-Old From Newark Died Of Natural Causes

A Continental Airlines flight from Brussels has landed safely at Newark Liberty International Airport after the plane's captain died mid-flight Thursday morning, CBS 2 has learned.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say Continental Flight 61, a Boeing 777 with 247 passengers on board, landed at Newark at 11:49 a.m. Newark was the flight's final destination. The plane departed Brussels at 9:45 a.m., and the captain died about three to four hours into the flight. A doctor on board pronounced the pilot dead.

Continental officials tell CBS 2 the 61-year-old pilot died of natural causes. His identity has not yet been released, but officials say he worked for the company for 21 years and was based out of Newark.

06-18-2009, 03:45 PM
Just remember that flying is still the safest form of transportation. lol.