United pilot dies after suffering heart attack during flight; crew makes emergency landing

  • Article by: REBECCA BOONE , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 27, 2013 - 5:24 PM

BOISE, Idaho — A United Airlines pilot died after suffering a major heart attack while flying from Houston to Seattle, forcing crew members to make an emergency landing in Idaho while two doctors on board did CPR in the first-class cabin.

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mnbusdrSep. 27, 1311:49 AM

Airline pilots are getting older, flying longer hours, spending more nights away from home and working until age 65, soon to be even older than that. We can expect more stories like his. RIP, friend.

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rogerbSep. 27, 1312:26 PM

I may have to re-read the article, but I see no mention of a co-pilot. I assume that there was one?

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Gregc02Sep. 27, 13 8:58 PM

Rogerb...First Officer is the modern term for Co-Pilot. Cockpit Resource Management mandates more equal workload and decision making between the two crew members. There is no problem with the First Officer flying and landing the aircraft, that's what he's there for. It sounds like a good, professional job by all concerned in a tragic situation but nobody was in any danger.

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regionguySep. 27, 1311:33 PM

They need to do better cardiovascular assessment of pilots as they age. A 12-second ECG is unlikely to show anything useful.

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wlwr66Sep. 28, 13 2:06 PM

Not ALL commercial pilots need an FAA Medical every six months as Mr. Harmon states. Second-in-Command (Co-pilot/First Officer) require a 2nd Class medical every 12 months; not every year and an EKG is not required. A First Class Medical is required for Pilot-in-Command (Captain) every six months, but an EKG is required only when reaching 35 years of age, then annually again over 40.

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