Friday, September 19, 2014
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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.

Continental pilot dies in flight, plane lands safely

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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.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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