Pilot Dies Mid-Atlantic Flight, "First Officers" Flying It to Newark (UPDATE: Plane Lands Safely)

A transcontinental Continental Airlines flight, the pilot of which died in mid-flight and which is being piloted at present by its two first officers, in due shortly at Newark Airport. The plane left Brussels at about 4 a.m. and its 61-year-old pilot died sometime thereafter. Newark says it will give the aircraft "priority handling" when it arrives. You can watch this obsessively via video feed at MSNBC.

Flights at Newark are delayed about two and a half hours.

Update: MSNBC says the plane has just touched down safely. It is elsewhere identified as Continental Flight 61.


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