Continental pilot dies in flight, plane lands safely

This story has been on TV today, reported in that breathless way so many anchors seem to prefer. A Continental 777 captain on a flight from Brussels to Newark died enroute of an apparent heart attack. The key thing to remember if this ever happens on your flight is that the first officer, or co-pilot, also knows how to fly the plane, all by herself or himself if needed. In this case, and on many long international flights, backup crew also were on board so there were actually two well-qualified pilots at the controls when the flight landed. Read more here.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines
Help us learn more about Philly.com commenters. Click here to take this quick survey.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Load comments
Continue Reading