An airline pilot died after collapsing in the restroom of a Miami to Chile flight with 271 passengers aboard.
Captain Ivan Andaur, 56 began feeling unwell three hours into the LATAM Airlines flight from Florida to Santiago and after collapsing in the bathroom he received emergency treatment from the crew. It was thirty minutes after that the plane was diverted to Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport where first responders declared Andaur, a 25-year veteran pilot, dead when the plane landed.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner left Miami at 10.11pm on Monday 14 August also had a relief captain and first officer on board when the incident happened.
LATAM Airlines Group in a statement 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 professionalism, and dedication. During the flight, all the necessary safety protocols were carried out to safeguard the life of the affected pilot.”
Following the incident, the flight left Panama City on Tuesday and continued on to Chile.
In March, a Southwest Airlines flight had to return to Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas when one of the pilots fell ill shortly after departing for Columbus, Ohio.