On Monday, one of the two captains working on a LATAM Airlines flight from Miami to Santiago de Chile reportedly lost consciousness three hours after takeoff and later passed away.
Around 10:00 p.m. on Monday, LATAM flight 505 departed Miami International Airport but was forced to make an emergency landing at Panama’s Tocumen Airport, where medical personnel met the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Some reports state that the Captain had left the flight deck to use the restroom after feeling sick, but he later collapsed. The pilot was immediately given emergency life support, including CPR, by the onboard flight attendants.
Sadly, despite the best efforts of the crew, the pilot was tragically declared dead upon arrival in Panama, according to Aviation Herald.
There were three pilots, including two Captain’s were assigned to operate the flight, so there were always two pilots at the controls of the aircraft. Passengers have complained to LATAM for failing to provide assistance while the plane remained stranded in Panama.
The pilot has been employed by LATAM Airlines for more than 25 years, the airline reported to the local media.
In a statement, the airline said: “We are deeply moved by what has happened and we extend our sincere condolences to the family of our employee.”
“We are deeply grateful for his 25-year career and his valuable contribution, which was always distinguished by his dedication, professionalism and dedication”.
“During the flight, all the necessary safety protocols were carried out to safeguard the life of the affected pilot,” the statement continued.