By: Jill Clapp
Wednesday, American Airlines Flight 1353 was flying from Dallas to Albuquerque when the captain declared a medical emergency. The Flight was within two miles of landing when the first officer William ¨Mike¨ Grubbs became incapacitated and later died. The copilot landed the plane safely at 3:33 p.m. and the paramedics met the pilot at the gate and performed CPR for 35 to 40 minutes, according to a couple people who are familiar with what happened. All passengers remained safe throughout the incident. Similarly, an American Airlines captain died in October of 2015 after becoming sick during a flight that was supposed to land in Boston. The plane was diverted to land in New York, landing safely. The incapacitation of a person belonging to the crew of an airplane is rare.
Statistics via. CNN News (Jon Ostrower)