Pilot dies from heart attack during flight
An Aeroflot pilot reportedly died from a heart attack while piloting a domestic flight in Russia on Sunday morning.
Other crew members apparently helmed an emergency landing to seek immediate medical treatment for the first officer, who was said to have passed away sometime during the descent.
The 49-year-old Aeroflot captain was piloting flight SU1546 from Moscow to Anapa when he became ill, prompting the Airbus 320 to land early at Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don, Fox News reported.
Passenger Yelena Voronova said during the middle of the flight, a flight attendant announced a cabin crew member was not feeling well, and asked if there were any medical professionals on board.
"A stewardess practically ran across the aisle. They later asked if there were any doctors on board and said they really needed them. Then they asked again," Ms Voronova said, per Russian news outlet RT.
Flight SU1546 departed Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport at 8.20am, local time, and was due to land in Anapa at 10.40am, but instead touched down in Rostov around 9.57am.
"Unfortunately it was not possible to resuscitate the pilot," an Aeroflot spokesperson told local media, according to Mirror. The Anapa-bound flight was reportedly set to continue with a replacement pilot.
According to a source for RT, the deceased pilot had recently complained about chest pains before boarding the flight, but had passed a "routine medical check-up" and "had no health indicators that would have barred him from piloting the aircraft."
Though a spokesperson for Aeroflot, Russia's flag-carrying airline, was not immediately available to offer further comment, the Independent reports that an investigation has since been launched into the incident.
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