Russian pilot dies after mid-flight heart attack

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A Russian Aeroflot pilot has died following a mid-air heart attack in the cockpit. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing following the incident.

The 49-year-old co-pilot was flying between Moscow and the Black Sea resort of Anapa. Sadly, efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel at Rostov, where the aircraft made an emergency landing, according to the report.

The plane was said to be at an altitude of 33,000 feet when the man became ill.  The captain had a flight attendant look for a doctor on the plane but there was no doctor onboard.

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“Unfortunately it was not possible to resuscitate the pilot, he died in the ambulance. We express our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” an Aeroflot spokesman told RBC news.

The flight eventually continued to Anapa with a replacement co-pilot.

An investigation into the death has been launched, Fox News reported.


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