The commander of a passenger airplane died during a flight over the United States, but the co-pilot fortunately succeeded in bringing the jet and its 152 people on board safely to the ground.
The incident took place on board an American Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft flying en route from Phoenix to Boston carrying 147 passengers and five crew members, according to CBS News.
American Airlines Flight 550 was diverted to the airport of Syracuse (New York), where the copilot was able to make a safe emergency landing. American Airlines confirmed the death of the commander of the aircraft, without providing further information.
According to sources inside the company, the pilot died of “natural causes” behind the controls. The plane was checked and set to receive another crew to continue the flight to Boston, the final destination.